August 17th 1877
My Darling Eugénie,
I think I was rather on the look out for a letter this afternoon, however the postman came without bringing the one that I had been thinking of and then it struck me that perhaps I ought hardly to have accepted one as I am sure you must have plenty to think of and to do before starting.
I rather fancy my darling will feel pleased to receive a line or two in the way of welcome on her arrival at Richmond and that is why I am writing this hurried note just before post time.
How I shall follow you, dearest, in my thoughts to-morrow on your journey, I have been wondering to-day whether my own Eugénie will think during her journey who it is will bring her over to England next time!
As I said in my last I shall get up to London about 11P.M. on Saturday and shall hope to put in an appearance at Marshgate House between 9 & 10 on Sunday morning, how happy I seem in thinking of the bright smile I know will await me, and the hours don’t seem to go half quickly enough to bring the longed for hour of our meeting, to-morrow morning I shall be able to say as I look at your dear picture “only one day Eugénie, my own darling Eugénie!”
The weather seems very calm now so I shall hope very much that you will cross comfortably.
I have not written to Polly to say I thought of coming as I thought it un-necessary and perhaps you may have told her, anyway I don’t suppose she will be very surprised to see me!
We are dreadfully busy but come I should were we more so and I shall lose but little time coming & going as I proposed.
Good-bye darling, God bless you and keep you, is now, and ever will be, the fondest aspiration of
Your own loving