My Dear Ethel,
We were all pleased to hear of your place in form last week and of the high marks you obtained, also that you were so well up in French & German, it was nice for you to march in first on your birthday. I hope the tuck basket arrived in good time on Monday and that the contents were appreciated.
It has been such a rough unpleasant day, I had arranged to go up to mashing early and when I got down found about an inch of snow on the ground and it was still falling a little, however as I was all ready I mounted my ”bike” and rode up, it was rather heavy going up horse bridge hill, I rode home to breakfast but soon the snow began to melt and it has since been raining and thawing all day with a rough cold wind.
Mother & May were going this evening to a meeting at Evesham, in support of missions, at which Sir Richard Temple was announced to speak however they have of course had to abandon the idea.
Arthur tells us his arm is getting much stronger and more comfortable so I hope he will soon get over his accident altogether. I wrote to the Head master the other day to say that we would not send him in, at any rate just at present, for the Navy Engineers as it seemed almost a pity that he should leave school just yet and Mr Chambers replies that he quite agrees with my decision and says Arthur “is still maintaining his promise in every way”, they evidently think highly of Dip at Brecon.
May heard from Jack this morning and she will give you his address, he seems to have found very economical lodgings, assisted by Auntie Lottie and I hope he will be comfortable there, he says there are three in the bank, viz the Manager, the Cashier and himself, this Ramsgate branch of Lloyd’s bank has not long been in existence I believe.
Jack got his letter before starting, Auntie Polly sent him £1 which was rather a nice sort of present as it happened.
Baby was so good on her birthday, Mother has put the new sixpence in her money box and she quite likes the musical box and Cyril much enjoys playing it to her.
I hope you will enjoy the dance next Saturday, I suppose you do get some dancing even if you have no lessons in it.
With love from us all
your affectionate Father