29th November /11
My dear little Juliet,
We were very sorry to hear that there is a case of supposed scarlet fever at your school; I do hope no one will take the infection, I should think there ought not to be much fear of it, as such prompt measures of isolation were taken, & scarlet fever is not so very infectious in the first stages, though very much so afterwards. We shall be anxious to hear that there are no suspicious cases by the end of the week.
I think of going up to Richmond on Monday & shall stay there till Thursday the 14th & then go on to Sydenham; then if all is well & your school has not been dispersed before, I would come home with you on Tuesday the 19th; I suppose you could be escorted to Paddington to meet me there?
This afternoon May had been washing my hair & I was just drying it by the dining-room fire when of course a caller came, the Miss Empeys, so May had to see them & say I was not visible. Poor old Mr Hands has been quite ill for some days & obliged to keep his bed. Flora Orchard stayed at the Vicarage Sunday & Monday & came in to have a chat with us, she was looking very well. She was surprised to see Scot so grey, four years have made a difference in his appearance. Did we tell you that poor old Mac is dead? Aunt Lizzie will miss him. Your cat has been very friendly with me lately & indeed becomes almost a nuisance at meals, as he will jump up on my shoulder. He was not very well for a day or two & we had to pet him a lot which I suppose has made him extra friendly. May Byrd came home last Saturday, she & Flora drove me up to Evesham yesterday morning.
With much love dear, hoping there will be no more cases of scarlet fever
Your loving mother
Eugénie N Sladden