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June 21st 1881 - Letter from Julius Sladden to his wife, Eugénie Sladden

21st June 1881
Correspondence From
Julius Sladden, Glasgow & Highland Steamers, "Columba"
Correspondence To
Eugénie Sladden, Seward House, Badsey
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Glasgow & Highland Steamers
The Royal Route
Steamer Columba

June 21 1881

My Dearest Wife,

It is a showery day so I will come down below during a storm and write a letter to you.  I started this morning from the wharf at Glasgow at 7.0 A.M. (instead of taking the rail to Greenock and embarking there) as I wanted to see the shipbuilding yards down the Clyde.  This “Columba” is a splendid vessel said to be the finest river steamer afloat and I can quite believe it, the saloon in which I am now sitting is a magnificent one with large plate glass windows all along either side.  There is a post office on board, a book stall and all sorts of conveniences.  Soon after I got on board I went and had a shave and was shampooed, they had given me a cup of cocoa & a piece of bread and butter before leaving Glasgow so I waited for breakfast till we left Greenock 9 a.m. and then I sat down and demolished a piece of fried fish, a plate of Irish Stew and a plate of ham & eggs besides coffee & bread & butter so you can see I am picking up my appetite, the refreshment saloon is a first rate one and then things are well served by a good staff of waiters.  I believe we shall reach Ardrishaig about 1 o’clock I have a return ticket and shall come back again by this boat to-morrow leaving about 2 o’clock the full fare is 7/6 cheap enough, I should like someday to come this trip with you we should enjoy it so much together.  Yesterday we had a nice trip to the Isle of Arran, on Thursday we talk of going to Edinburgh.  I left too early to get letters this morning but they will be forwarded me by early post. I suppose Miss Pollard has arrived please remember me to her and say that I will find her plenty of garden work on my return.  It is fine again so I will go on deck for the air and also to view the sun through the “Kyles of Bute.”  With kisses for the chicks and love to yourself I am ever

Your affectionate Husband

Julius Sladden

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Envelope containing 1 double sheet of notepaper
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Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service
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