My Dearest Wife,
I got back to Evesham about mid-day after a pleasant little visit to the Nash, Sir Richard as usual was very hospitable and was sorry you could not come, he seems to have been having a series of house parties from Saturday to Monday. There were two London people a Mr & Mrs Preston who arrived and departed with me, Mr P. is I fancy a well to do London lawyer, then there were Major Marriot, an elderly man from Wick with two daughters who were pleasant enough but plainly on the shelf, on Saturday evening there were some neighbours from Kempsey who made the dinner party up to eleven, of these there was a retired Oxford Don and his wife, who have built a new house there, Chevasse by name, they were only middle aged, I fancy he has been one of the Proctors.
I got your letter by afternoon post, also one from Jack, his was very short & sweet with no particular news.
I rather think we shall get Smith to do the rooms I expect to hear in a day or two. Perhaps you had better get a carpet as you intended if you can save enough money, do you know the size?
The enclosed came from Mrs Cooper, if you had a chance it might be well to try and see the secretary of the C. of P. if there is no centre at Oxford we must fall back upon Cheltenham and get Mrs Burrows to recommend some place for the chicks to go to.
I will close now as I have an early morning to-morrow and also next day.
Give my love to Fanny and all at Surbiton. I have no doubt you will have a pleasant visit there as usual, tell Fanny when times get better I will try and become a more frequent visitor and fetch you home on such like occasions to the present.
With fond love dear
ever your affectionate Husband