My Dearest Wife,
I came home this, Saturday, afternoon a little earlier to do some gardening but as it has come on to rain steadily, which is most acceptable, I have just time to write you a few lines before post time.
I arrived home late last night and found things had gone pretty smoothly in my absence. I hope you had a good passage across and found all well at Folkestone, how is dear old Grannie? give her a kiss for me.
The Claire de Dijon on the wall is coming out a little and I picked an “Austrian Copper” this morning, this rain will help the plants nicely I should like it to rain all night.
How does Charlotte’s garden look? is her Marechal Niel alive. The fruit still gives good promise and I should really think it ought to be fairly safe now.
I enclose a note that came from the Stratford Registry office.
We have been very busy at the brewery and a “record” April has been followed by a “record” May.
I must close now as it is tea time with love from us all to you and to all at Ashbourne.
Ever your loving Husband
Let us know your movements next week. May thinks you will like to see Cyril’s letter which May says she wrote just as he dictated.