My dear Ethel,
Having a large number of half sheets of paper I think you will appreciate my economy in using them!
It was very wet here yesterday so I do not know if you were able to take your sea trip, to-day it is finer but was showery for a little while after dinner.
I hear to-day that we are to have Mr Beibitz on Sunday week Sept 7th.
We have arranged to have an estimate from Mears & Stainbank for the two new bells and they will send down shortly to take particulars. The clock too is coming to the fore and a canvas for subscriptions is to be made, the price for a really good clock to chime hours, half hours and quarters (Westminster chimes) is £128 and such a one would be very nice.
I can imagine auntie Lottie is very pleased at the idea of seeing uncle Dilnot and I much hope Grannie will keep well for his visit, I am afraid he will have to leave before the Xmas holiday or I should have liked him to come down here and see you all together.
Now Mr Collier is back I must try and take George to Tintern etc when the weather seems settled, but do not know that it can be this week. To-morrow I am going to Newport and Abergavenny for the day only.
The boys went to the cricket at Worcester last Thursday and saw Surrey make 326 for 4 wickets. I joined them for a little time on my way back from Bromsgrove.
The money came to-day from Richmond for the eggs so now you have got everything in that is owing. Of course you will let us know what train you are coming back by, it would be rather more convenient to get the luggage from Badsey station.
Give my kind love to Grannie and give her a kiss from me and say I am hoping to see her next month.
Tell uncles and auntie I hope you have not quite eaten them out of provender!
Love to them and to you all
your affectionate Father