My Dearest Eugénie,
I have just despatched the letters from the little ones, which they were most anxious that I should help them write and now I will answer your letter dear, which I was very pleased to receive, I am going to supper at the vicarage so shall have no time this evening.
I have picked up a cold which makes me rather heavy and last night my throat was rather sore however thanks to a stocking round it and some hot whisky, it is rather better to-day.
Thank May for her nice little letter, I must answer it another time as Jack is writing to her now. The little ones are very good, they seem quite happy and their colds are nearly well, they would like you to get a text for May’s birthday and I think Ethel would like one by what she says.
I do not think I can very well manage to come up to fetch you and I want to practice a strict economy for some time and see if we cannot make this business a profitable one yet, but at present I am not justified in spending a pound where it can be saved. I think you had better come home by the 2.15 on Saturday as I don’t think I can spare you any longer.
I am glad you have had such nice weather and have been able to get about a bit. It is very kind of Charlie to give you such a nice dress, you are certainly always in luck’s way at Surbiton. How is Fanny? I hope you will leave her better than you found her. Fanny will take the children to Church this afternoon including Baby and I think I shall go in the evening. How like Dayrell to make a muddle I shall be surprised if he gets through his examination. The valuers left on Saturday and have only to finish the work in London this week. Mr Collier comes down to-morrow, he has not yet secured a house.
Mr Rashleigh will not be leaving for a week or two. I expect now I must close with love to you darling and kisses for the chicks.
Believe me ever
Your loving Husband
Tell Fanny I must try and stop a night some time if business brings me to London.