12 Charleville Circus
My dear little Darling,
I hope you did not feel too sad when I said goodbye to you the other day, I hope you soon found the little girl you had been talking to & were able to go & unpack your things so that you would begin to feel more at home. By this time you are beginning to know a lot more about the routine of the school, & I shall look forward to having a letter from you telling me all sorts of things. I met Jack at Charing Cross as arranged on Friday & we came on down here together, walking from Upper Sydenham station through the little Park which is looking quite pretty now. George came in a bit later & we had dinner together. Yesterday morning I had to amuse myself till after lunch & when Jack got back we had an early tea & then went partly by train to Beckenham & from there had an hour’s drive through a pretty part. George had been shooting at Bisley, but got home about eight. This morning Jack & I went to St Bartholomew’s & this afternoon we were all three going to St Paul’s Cathedral, but just as we got to London Bridge station George’s nose began to bleed rather badly, & as it was rather bad, he stopped there bathing it & then went home. Jack & I went to the afternoon service & heard a good sermon by Canon Newbolt; I had not been there for years. I do like walking through the City on a Sunday, it is so quiet & different to what it is on other days.
I have written to Mrs Bowden about Saturday & told her Miss Lacey will send someone over with you by about three o’clock or rather sooner, & then the Bowdens will see you back in time for your supper; I hope you will enjoy your afternoon with Gwendolen. I go to Eastbourne tomorrow morning, how long I stay will depend rather on Arthur’s movements & when Father comes down to fetch me. And now my dear little Juliet, I must say goodnight, I hope you will be very happy at school & enjoy both lessons & play, don’t be discouraged if you find the work rather difficult at first, you will soon get used to different ways of being taught.
God bless you, my darling, be a good girl & a happy one I hope.
With fondest love & many kisses
Your loving mother
Eugénie N Sladden
P.S. Jack & George send love.