Banque de Roumanie
21 Dec 1870
My dear Biche,
As I am writing to Father and hear you are possibly with him, I will send you a short reply to yr letter of the 4th Oct., but as I have some buttons to sow on & one or two things to look after, it won’t be a very long one. I am very sorry to hear of Mrs. Allen’s troubles. I hope she will manage to set up again somewhere and I am also sorry for yr disappointment in not being able now to pass yr examinations, but there is no help for it.
It is blowing so hard tonight, I expect tomorrow to find the streets almost impassable with snow.
By the by it was yr birthday on the 2nd, many happy returns of it. I suppose I shall hardly know you when I come back, I was thinking of having my photograph taken and sending one home, but I always have so much to spend one way or another that I can never afford it. I heard from Aunt Marianne a few days ago. She said she should try and keep you with her, so I don’t know if you are in London or not. If in the country give my love to Aunt’s son. I will write soon, also my love to Grandmother.
There is not much news to tell you here. I went last evg to help the clergyman’s little girls with their […] & I am hoping to get a skate in a few days; when I am a swell out here you must come and stay with Florence and me. And then you will see all the curious things of this wild country. I suppose someone will send me an account of Polly’s wedding. The post is very irregular in this weather, so I may not hear for some days.
Goodnight, love to all
Yr Affte Brother
Fred J. Mourilyan