My Dearest Wife,
I have several enclosures for you to-day, letter from Miss Savory and the promised letters from Jack and May. They have been written quite by themselves and without any first copy on a slate, so are rather wonderful productions, the narratives really extend over two or three days though ostensibly written on one day, I prefer to send them, mistakes and all.
I am so glad you can give a little better account of yourself and hope to-morrow morning I may hear that your cold is nearly, if not quite, well. I never expected you to come home till 20th inst., of course I should much prefer that you and all the chicks should spend the Queen’s jubilee at home, but at the same time am quite ready to give up the idea if you are not really better and likely to benefit by a longer rest, however you must let me know.
We are going to keep the jubilee in Badsey on 23rd, in Evesham of course on the prefer day 21st. It is very good of Charlotte to give up her trip to Scotland and come to us, but she is very unselfish at all times, she writes me that May thinks dear old Miss Hougham is in a dying state and I should be thankful to feel the poor old soul had gone to her rest.
Arthur is a dear good little man, notwithstanding that this morning, while playing by himself in the garden, he carefully collected on to the lawn most of the wires carrying the names of my tea roses near the dining room! He gave me a good kiss for you this evening. The Savorys are expected home about Friday. I have other letters to write, so must conclude this, with fond love
believe me ever
your affectionate Husband