23rd February /12
My dear little Juliet,
I will try & write you a few lines this morning & first I must thank you for the very pretty flowers you sent me, they travelled so well & have been making my room bright ever since.
Ethel will have told you that I was not quite so well & had to go to bed again last Saturday which was very disappointing, however the doctor found me better yesterday & let me sit up a little while in my room.
We expect Kathleen this afternoon, it will be nice having her here for a few days. Had you heard that Alice Johns has a little girl? Ethel went to see her the other day & says she is the sweetest little baby, very small, but so pretty and dainty.
I am glad you enjoyed your outing to the Temple; we have looked up John Somers, Baron of Evesham, there is quite a long account of him in Tyndall’s Evesham which you can read when you come home. Has any one told you that Enid Openshaw was very ill with congestion of the lungs soon after she left us? She is better again now but had quite a bad time of it. How is poor Margaret Trimble? I felt so sorry for the child when you told us of her Father’s sad death; has she come back to school & who will she live with now?
I had a letter from Mary Williams today, she is leaving Exmouth at Easter & will stay at home; her two elder pupils are going to school & Beryl is to go & look after the little one.
The Torpids began at Oxford yesterday, I expect Cyril wishes he were rowing in them. It is very wet here today, I hope it will be finer for Kathleen’s little visit. Scott & black Pussie both came to see me yesterday & the latter has been on my bed a good part of the morning.
With much love dear & many kisses
Your loving mother
Eugénie N Sladden