My Dearest Wife,
I have just managed to get a few quiet minutes to write you a few lines as I am anxious that you should have a Xmas letter and you know that although we shall spend the day apart I shall not forget my poor little wife.
I came away from home before the second post came in so have not had news of you since yesterday. I do hope I shall have a good account of you darling. I have just been to see Miss Hougham, poor old soul she is in a very weak state and one can hardly wish to see her linger on long like this she sent her love to you and was sorry to hear you were laid up.
Uncle & Aunt George seem very well in fact the greater part of our friends in this part seem flourishing. Please wish Fanny and all at Gloucester House a very happy Xmas from one and with every loving wish of the season to my own dear Eugénie.
Believe me ever
Your affectionate Husband