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March 17th 1870 - Letter from Fred Mourilyan to his sister, Eugénie Mourilyan

17th March 1870
Correspondence From
Fred Mourilyan, Bucharest
Correspondence To
Eugénie Mourilyan
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Text of Letter


17 March 1870

My dear Biche,

I was glad to get your letter of last Jan and was sorry of your having hade the gripe and hope all that is now a thing of the past.  I hear Lucille has been quite ill again but hope she is alright now.  Demandez lui si elle se [?] pour le sauvage don’t elle a le portrait.

We have got another of touch of winter the other day.  I had left off my overcoat & now even have a foot of snow tho’ it has been melting today.  I am sorry for its on the streets [?] getting home now we must wade thro’ slush again for a week at least.  I hope you are still making progress at school.  Where do you […] first examinations at the Hotel de Ville!  Florence tells me you are going to be confirmed this year, so I suppose are attending Mr Gardiner’s lectures.

I feel sorry when I think that you should be without our Mother’s help to teach you & explain things as she did to all of us at that time.  You especially were always the object of her greatest care and the youngest & most feeble, but […] prove us when here he did will also […] help for you if you ask for it and you may be sure I will not forget to pray for you that this may […] be a blessed time for you.  I have been thinking much of last year this last few days & today especially the anniversary of our Mother’s departure.  But it is much easier for me out here than for you all at home & I can think more of her happiness.  However […] of the […] of her death, which it must be difficult to get out of one’s thoughts at home where everything reminds one of her.  If anything puzzles you or Polly […] of questions Florence be always glad to help you. & knows all those sorts of things as well as I do money matters.  I hear Father is going away for a few days, so I hope he will have some rest which he must need after the fatiguing work he had all this year.  I have had one or two lines from Ned […] then saying he had not time to write.  I shall not post this tomorrow as I want to write to Polly and send both letters together.  Remember me to the [J…] & all other friends.  I don’t know yet at all when I can come back.  Money is hard to make even out here but I am getting on by degrees.  I have not heard from Gus since […].  I hope you have still good news of him.  Tell someone to send me out Walter’s address.  I want to write to him soon.  You will hardly be able to read this, I have been writing so much my hand is quite tired.  I expect in a month it will be hot, I hope then to be more comfortable abode.  I have been very unfortunate since I came out here & and indeed good rooms are not easy to get.  Good night; give my love to everybody.

Yr affectionate brother

Fred J. Mourilyan

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We are grateful to Chris Higman, great-grandson of Frederick Mourilyan, for providing a transcription of this letter following a visit to the Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service.
Type of Correspondence
1 sheet of notepaper - answered October 4th 1870 written on letter.
Location of Document
Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service
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