Sladden & Collier Brewers
22 May 1905
My dearest Wife,
I went down to lunch to-day so received your letter soon after 2 o’clock, I will begin writing a few lines at the office as there is a lot of correspondence to be forwarded which you will want to see.
There was a very sharp frost early this morning which has certainly done great damage to the fruit and crops, but whether it is quite so generously serious as some people think remains to be seen, if there is another frost to-night – and it looks very likely – I am afraid it may destroy what has so far escaped.
I will now finish my letter at Badsey but it is getting near post time.
The enclosed photo executed by Cyril Idiens, is sent by Judy for you to look at and to bring back to her. Ethel had a post card from Anna yesterday sent from Durban, I should think Anna is very likely to encounter all or some of our travelers at Cape Town. Kathleen will have enjoyed seeing a little of you, I hope a tonic will soon set her up, Ethel had quite a long letter from her to-day also one from May enclosed in mine and a cheerful one as usual of late.
I am so glad you had it fine for Tintern, the abbey is certainly a splendid ruin in a glorious situation. I think you will like Raglan too although it is altogether dissimilar.
We shall be glad to see you on Thursday, dear and I will see about a fly for the trains you name, I shall probably meet you if I can conveniently do so. You come back through from Monmouth but you had better have your luggage labelled in the first instance for Hereford and put it in the cloak room there while you do the city, don’t forget the map of the world at the cathedral.
I am glad Aunt successfully made the ascent of the Wyndcliff it is no small undertaking, I hope she keeps free from cold, these cold winds are trying.
I have posted a letter to George to Tenerife as it will be running it too fine to await the next outgoing mail.
With love to Aunt and much to yourself my dear Eugénie
I am ever
Your loving Husband
Love from Ethel and George and kisses from Juliet, she is beginning to want Mother home now but is quite happy.