3rd May 1911
My dear little Juliet,
I was very pleased to read your home letter which Ethel sent on to me yesterday & also your post-card which I had the day before, & am so glad you are settling down at school & think you will be happy there. I am sorry there is a case of chickenpox, but hope no other girls will take it. We are expecting Father here tomorrow afternoon & we shall probably go home together on Monday.
We have still no news of Arthur, evidently he was not able to get away from Cyrene as soon as he hoped, but probably when we do have any news, he will follow the letter pretty closely. Mary must be getting very impatient, she is at Dowlais now. Kathleen went back to Sydenham yesterday, May & Ethel will seem dull till we get back, they are going to cycle to Stratford on Friday with Mrs Brodie to see Romeo & Juliet, if the weather allows. Ethel says the Openshaws are coming back to lessons this week. I have had one letter from Cyril, he found Oxford very dull the few days before term began, there were so few people about. Don’t forget that next Tuesday the 9th will be his twenty first birthday, I am sure he would be disappointed if he had no letter from you. How does Whitey like being at school? Has he been seen by anyone yet? I am very glad to hear that you have prayers every morning before school, it always seems to me to be the right way to begin the day to ask God’s blessing on our work.
I am glad you enjoyed your afternoon at Mrs Bowden’s, who took you over there? I suppose you walked? I don’t quite understand your time table, in several things you put 4th, does that mean that for those subjects you are in the 4th class? By the bye, how many classes are there & how many girls? How do you like your music lessons & how long do you practise? I am glad to see you have some theory of music once a week, it ought to help you with reading music. What is the French teacher like & what does she make you do, any talking or reading?
I hope the nails are behaving nicely & growing fast, do you manage to get a bath every day or only once or twice a week?
Also I have given you quite a catechism & you will have quite a lot to answer.
Aunt & I went for a nice drive this morning I generally take out old Mac some time every day, he is as handsome as ever, Aunt has given me a nice photograph of him, so you will see it in the holidays.
With much love & kisses, my dear little girl
Your loving mother
Eugénie N Sladden