5th March 1913
My dear Juliet,
You are a little coaxy thing! but I have just written to Mrs Ashby to invite Joyce down here for a week, either to come down with you, or later on in the holidays as would suit her Mother best.
So you have really been out with Mrs Bowden at last, I couldn’t think why I had not heard from her, & thought she must be ill again.
I have come downstairs to tea today for the first time since Monday week. As I didn’t get rid of the pains, Dr Leslie came yesterday with an electric battery & in some marvellous manner put a whole bottle of medicine into my back & side by means of the electricity. It didn’t hurt a bit, & seems to have done good, as I had a good night & scarcely any pain today; I hope it will quite disappear before long so that I can go out again.
Father keeps on coming in & saying he has got another guinea or half guinea or sometimes two guineas for the Recreation Ground, we say he is on Tom Tiddler’s ground picking up gold & silver! The amount promised now is £181. We have a good many more things promised for the Bazaar, among them a wheelbarrow, Miss Holmes has dressed two dear little boy dolls.
How are the mendings getting on? I hope you had not too large a pile, you should have gone on the policy of a stitch in time as you knew the inspection was to come some time. I hope your play will go all right, fancy your being so cheeky as to impersonate Miss Lacey! what would your Grandmothers have thought of you!
Father has had two beautiful large etchings of the inside of Westminster Abbey sent him by the Adkins family as a memento of the old man, he has hung them on either side of the sideboard in the dining-room. May is busy working a very nice cushion cover for the Bazaar, there is a lot of work in it & she has just finished the first corner. My work for the same object at present is taking the form of coal gloves, useful but not very ornamental.
With much love from us all
Your loving mother
Eugénie N Sladden