Skip to main content

October 4th 1914 - Letter from Juliet Sladden to her mother, Eugénie Sladden

4th October 1914
Correspondence From
Juliet Sladden, The Grove School, Highgate
Correspondence To
Eugénie Sladden, Seward House, Badsey
Relationship to Letter Addressee
Text of Letter

Private – for Mother

The Grove School
London N

Sun Oct 4th 1914

My darling Mother

Thank you so much for your lovely long letter. Alas the “usefuls” came too late; I was a week early: Thursday September 25th; however, Madge Heath sold me a 1/- packet and I had a few washables. It was nearly gone when I got my cold but that made it worse.

So you know, I forgot all about the knickers, and I never asked Kath about them. I am still wearing my summer combies, they are quite warm enough for the present until you can see about some winter things. If the knickers are a great trouble, you had better get me some thicker combies, only I thought it would be a little saving of expense. The nails are quite all right. I bit one I am afraid a little, but as I was in bed so long I am glad they got off with only one and it is getting on again now.

I hope Aunt Lizzie will not suffer much.

I am really better now; I feel sure I had slight bronchitis. Miss Fletcher is very particular about colds on the chest, and says they are not things to neglect, so that is why I was in bed so long. Oh yes, I think the term may improve. I expect – in fact, I know – I was sickening for this cold when I wrote that silly letter. It was very naughty of Det to let you see it.

It is only a trifle dull for me since Joyce and Margaret are so fearfully wrapped up in each other. Still I’ve got nothing to grumble at really when I’ve got Miss Grierson for my own friend, and plenty of people whom I find quite jolly and companionable. I have seen more of Eileen for one thing, being ill with her like this, and we have got quite friendly with each other again; we used to be rather friendly when I was a good deal younger, and then as she now says herself she went through the tiresome age, and she was very silly and annoying for a bit, and I really never spoke to her much, but now she has got quite sensible, and is rather jolly.

I shall feel a little bit sad in a way if George goes to the front so soon, because he is my very special boy, but very proud of him of course!

I am learning a Bach fugue as well as Brahms. Miss Hamilton was very pleased with Brahms and though I had got on well with it in the holidays.

I went out in the sun today for ten minutes, Miss Fletcher said we might stay out half an hour if the sun didn’t go in, but we felt so “groggy on our pins” so to speak that we had to come in after ten minutes. Tomorrow I hope to be quite all right though.

Much love
From your Juliet

Letter Images
Type of Correspondence
2 sheets of notepaper
Location of Document
Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service
Record Office Reference