28th November /12
My dearest Juliet,
I was pleased to get your letter on Monday & must now answer it. What a lucky girl you are to get so many birthday presents, have you found out about the lost parcel? did it really come from Enid? I expect Ethel will send you your Confirmation things some time this week, she was getting on with the petticoat when I left. Do you know that she is coming up to Richmond on Monday so as to come with me to your Confirmation. I do not suppose we shall do more than just see you on that occasion, but you will like to know that we are in the church & praying for you & with you on this great day of your life. I shall be much disappointed now if anything prevents my being present, I hope I may not get any cold, but anyway you will know my dear little daughter that your mother is thinking of you & praying for you.
I have bought you a Communion Book by Walsham How, one like May’s, but forgot to bring it up with me, I must get May to take it to you & can write your name in it later.
I had a good journey up on Saturday & Kathleen & Arthur met me & took me across to Waterloo. Aunt Fanny is pretty well, only she & Christine were at home when I arrived, Fred had gone to Colwall for a long week end. Poor Lily’s little baby had to have an operation performed last Tuesday, he is getting on all right & I hope will be quite well in a week or two. I hear that Audrey & Tony are quite happy at school & getting on well.
Arthur came to dinner last night, have you heard that he has arranged to stop on in London when he leaves Bart’s? We have not yet been able to fix the date for the dance, it is difficult to arrange for all the boys, it may perhaps be the 30th Dec.
Alice is to be married on my birthday, at Ledbury I suppose, her address there is 67 Albert Road, Newtown, Ledbury. I must go down now, Mrs Capon lunched here & I slipped away for my rest & to finish this letter.
Much love dear, from
Your loving mother
Eugénie N Sladden