My Dearest Wife,
I think I will write this, Saturday evening, and post the letter early to-morrow so that you may hear some time on Monday.
We are getting along pretty well in your absence, Baby is jolly enough she gave me a love for you before she went to bed, she has made a rare jumble of her prayers and the rhyme about “the old man who would not say his prayers” she almost upset May’s gravity yesterday by commencing as follows “God bless goosy gander”.
The weather has been fine lately but foggy, clearing off a little for a few hours in the middle of the day.
I hope you are safely back to-day from Bourg and that you did not have too tiring a journey. I expect you found May’s letter awaiting you. I had your letter of 18th inst and think perhaps, if you wrote from Bourg, we may hear in the morning, I may keep this open till we have sent for letters.
The war news is exciting and so far satisfactory, our troops seem to have inflicted a severe defeat upon the Boers at Glencoe but the splendid conduct of our men and their brilliant victory has been gained at the loss of many men including the general in command, however the enemy seem to have suffered much more.
I got tickets for that concert for Jack and May, I shall be quite content to keep Cyril company that evening. On Thursday I have promised to speak at a Conservative meeting at Blockley, I can get back by the last train.
The sale for Wickhamford Church realised £11.12.0, 37/- of which was from the rummage stall.
I am glad you had such a smooth passage and hope you may be as fortunate on your return. I wonder whether you will be able to stop at Rouen.
Give my love to Polly and tell her she had better reserve any further headaches till her return, of course I was much relieved to find you had not quarreled “as yet”. How did you find your Father you must give him a proper little message from me.
With much love from us all
Your affectionate Husband