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November 19th 1913 - Letter from Eugénie Sladden to her daughter, Juliet Sladden

19th November 1913
Correspondence From
Eugénie Sladden, Seward House, Badsey
Correspondence To
Juliet Sladden, The Grove School, Highgate
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Seward House

19th November /13

My very dear Juliet,

Many very happy returns of your birthday, I do hope you will have a nice one, though it is a pity some of your friends are imprisoned in the sick room.  How very foolish of those two girls to go wondering about with spots on & say nothing, no wonder Miss Lacey was angry; probably every girl who has not already had chicken-pox will have it now, so it is a good thing you had it in the summer.

I am sending you a tie for your birthday present, & the safety-pin brooch is Father’s present; I hope you will have several nice presents.  Ethel made a cake yesterday which we are sending to Sydenham as a joint birthday one for you & Jack, as you are going there Saturday, you will be able to partake of it.

I managed to get a bit of a chill or something last week & on Thursday stopped in bed all day & have been in my room ever since till this afternoon.  Father got Dr Leslie to see me on Monday as I was not getting on very fast, but he found there was not much the matter, though I had been wise to stop in bed while my temperature was a little up; he is sending me a tonic & will come again on Saturday & I hope by that time he will let me go out.

Mrs Ashwin & Muriel have both been in to see me since I have been upstairs, the dear old lady comes over in her lace cap, with just a wrap thrown over her head in such a friendly manner!  

I expect you got my post-card with the list of French books, let me know if any of them will be any use & if so, the particular poem or play you are to read, then I could send you the proper volume.

Ethel dreamt the other day that no one had remembered her birthday in any way, & she was feeling very cross!  I hope it won’t come true.  

Cyril & Mela seem to have had a nice week end at Walton, you may probably see Mela next Sunday at Sydenham.  Dolly’s ship has passed Melbourne, she ought to be at Sydney tomorrow & home on the 26th, it seems only the other day that she started.

With much love dear, & all good wishes 

I am
Your loving mother

Eugénie N Sladden

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