My Dear Wife,
I was too late on my return from Bishampton &c to do more than send you on letters but I find May posted you a letter this afternoon, I will now enclose Jack’s letter which is not a very long one this time. After hearing from Charlotte I thought it better to send the family group to Mother for one never knows what may happen at her time of life and in her somewhat feeble state and after all I had it done specially on her behalf, so seeing it is yet a “far cry” to Xmas or to her birthday I packed the photo up last night and despatched it with a letter, as our joint present and I feel sure she will be pleased to have it.
I had a very pleasant drive to-day as it was very fine but got cold towards evening. I shall have to go to Cheltenham and Gloucester on Friday so shall hardly reach home so soon as you and Georgie, I must give directions for Roberts to meet the luggage at Badsey station you will of course take the 1.35 from Paddington. I hope the weather will keep fine so that you may enjoy your trip the more. I expect the little man is very happy with his cousins and delighted with so much entirely fresh to him. Your train was a very fast one for an excursion and I hardly expected you to get up under 4 hours. How are they all at Gloucester House? tell Fanny I should have liked to be able to come too and managed a day’s shooting if practicable. Had Polly returned when you drove to Richmond yesterday, I understand she was due back on Monday. I think I have exhausted all there is to say and as it is past 11 o’clock I will say good night.
With love to you all and especially to yourself
I am ever
your loving Husband