My Dearest Wife,
I was very glad to receive your letter this afternoon and to hear that you had arrived safely after a good journey. The enclosed came to hand Thursday morning and I sent Fanny a post card to inform her of your probable journeying and also gave her Ethel’s [?] as requested. I had a fine drive round Longtown &c yesterday but it set in to rain before I left Pandy and came down in “buckets full” for hours afterwards fortunately I had elected to take my waterproof in the morning so arrived home with a dry skin.
The children enjoyed the bazaar and of course bought us presents, prices appear to have been rather high. They brought George a monkey which he recognizes as the one you discovered on his back, there was a “string” band came through the village yesterday which George afterwards spoke of as a “cotton” band, much to the amusement of everyone. Arthur soon got over his disappointment in not seeing you off and I don’t think any of them were “mimsy” long. They have called in Haynes to see old Jones at last and he is very bad I fancy and will have hard work to pull through.
It is very cold still and keeps on raining at intervals.
I hope you will find Grandpa pretty well, the chicks are anxious to know how the eggs and flowers travelled. You will of course write Charlotte as to your journey next week. Baby is jolly enough and does not mind sleeping in a new room.
I do not think there is any more news for you and I must reserve the rest till Sunday.
With love to all friends and much to yourself dear little woman I am as ever
Your loving Husband