My Dearest Wife,
I am beginning to wonder when I should hear from you again and of course this morning (when I was leaving at 8 o’clock for Gloucester &c) the post was late and consequently I did not receive yours of 2nd inst. till my return this evening, I will now sit down and answer it.
The weather continues very stormy with us but it is warm enough with the rain. I was glad to hear all the Ash news and hope you will reach Richmond all right to-morrow (Friday) give my love to them there.
All the children are well, Ethel proposes to begin a letter to you to-morrow but it is rather an undertaking for her, as you know. I let them have Maud Hall to spend the afternoon on Wednesday, much to their delight. By all means ask Anna and Walter to stay, if four are to go to Kent there will be plenty of room. We shall all be very glad to get you back on 12th inst.
I find it rather dull work as Miss Fabling hardly exchanges a word the whole evening, I would really sooner be quite alone. Mrs Savory has gone away with Cynthia, I may perhaps look Savory up to-morrow evening. The live stock are all right, the horses are gone away, turned out to grass. I hope they will soon be fit to work. Fanny’s box of garments has arrived safely, when does she return home? The children are all in bed or would join me in fond love
ever your affectionate Husband