My Dear Kathleen,
We heard this morning from Arthur’s house master that he was unfortunate enough to break his collar bone at football on Monday, however he seems going on all right and this is a fracture that normally mends easily so I hope he will not be laid up long and that it may not interfere much with his work. Mr Latimer says, “I may say his work this term has been very good, in every way, you will have his report shortly to confirm this. I feel pretty confident that he will do very well indeed in time, his industry & abilities are quite above the ordinary level”; all this is very nice. We will enclose a few newspaper cuttings, the Fashoda incident may probably be closed soon by the retirement of the French from that place but I am not sure that the whole of the Egyptian matter may be so easily settled.
You will be glad to hear that Mother & I have been to-day to Malvern and have had our photographs taken, each in two positions, I hope they may turn out well, the proofs are promised in a week’s time, whether they will turn up or not is quite another matter. Mother will enclose your packet and travelling money to-morrow, I hope you will both enjoy your visit to Byfleet very much.
Jack seems to have done pretty well in his exam, as far as he can judge, but with only five vacancies and probably over 100 candidates the chances are not very grand. Georgie duly returned “Dip's” letter, the former’s epistles are certainly short & sweet. I am glad you are getting on with your Trigonometry I should think it wants a lot of grasping. Grannie has been rather poorly and unable to get downstairs, however she seems gradually getting better. You would like to see Baby say her grace now, sometimes she insists upon saying “ta” several times. I must leave the rest of the news for Mother and May who are writing.
Love to you both
your affectionate Father