Sept 2nd /77
My Darling Eugénie,
I hope you received my letter, & the little box containing the two or three roses, last evening.
I now drop a line or two to arrange about our meeting on Wednesday, I expect to get to Paddington about 10.30A.M. and as soon as I have left my traps at the hotel I shall come on to Waterloo, to meet you as I did nearly a year ago, darling, I see there is a train leaving Richmond at 10.59 arriving at Waterloo at 11.31 and under ordinary circumstances I ought to be easily able to meet you at that time, will you therefore come up by that train?
I shall look out for you at the barrier but should you not see me please go into the waiting room and I will come there, however no doubt I shall be there to see you as you come off the platform, I might even get up in time for the previous train but it will be safer to take the one I have named.
I must try and make out a sort of list of things we ought to look at, and our order of proceeding to a certain extent, for we shall find the time none too long I expect.
In the evening I hope to return with you to Richmond that we may have a little time together before saying good-bye, I shall look forward to that evening with mixed feelings, for although it will be such a happiness to meet my Eugénie again yet I shall be unable to forget that the hour of parting is at hand when for some weeks we must again be separated, but never mind, darling, we know the time is coming when we may look forward to that new life together which I feel, in all confidence, will be for our mutual happiness, I like to feel, dearest Eugénie, that we have learned to have one wish in common, the wish to pass through life hopefully and cheerfully, ever helping each other on to nobler thoughts and better actions, and then in future years as we grow old together we shall know more fully that our lot was wisely cast and that our love, now so fraught with golden hopes and promises, is as good and true, aye stronger, as when first we linked our hearts, our hopes, together.
I have thought very much about you to-day, having spent the two previous Sundays with you, the remembrance of those hours together is very pleasant to me.
Did you think of me to-day in church, darling? your name was not forgotten by me especially in that service to which stayed, willingly enough, under my own Eugénie’s influence.
And now good-bye, dearest, till Wednesday, when I trust we may meet as arranged, how I look forward to seeing you again.
God bless you darling
And ever believe me
Your own true lover