My dear Juliet,
In case I should be pressed for time to-morrow I will write my letter this evening to wish you many happy returns of your birthday and you will know you have all our kind thoughts on Thursday for your happiness and welfare. I am sending you a little present in the shape of a safety pin brooch which I hope you will like and also find useful.
You will be glad to hear that Mother seems getting over her indisposition quite nicely, on Sunday she had a nasty turn of neuralgia in the face so I thought Mr Leslie had better see her yesterday, however he was quite satisfied with her generally and I hope a little course of tonic will soon put her right she must have had a little chill to account for her temperature, that seems down to normal again.
You will enjoy going to Sydenham this week end, I hear George is taking you to the theatre – a sort of birthday treat I suppose.
We are interested to hear of the possibility of Kathleen getting work in a L.C.C. secondary school at Chelsea, as senior mathematical mistress, I expect we shall soon hear how it is settled, it would be nice for her to get some congenial post now that Moorfield College is to be done away with.
Ethel and I had quite a pleasant day at Oxford on Saturday, May stayed at home to look after Mother, we got to Oxford in time to have lunch with Arthur and were glad to find him looking so much better and in excellent spirits, the ceremony was at 2.30 and we got excellent places, as being friends of one who was receiving a superior degree, you would have liked to see Arthur after receiving the degree (with two other doctors) and being tapped on the head, re-enter in the full robes of a D.M. and after shaking hands with the Vice-Chancellor take his seat with the others, among the dignitaries, afterwards we walked back with him, in full rig, to Jesus Coll where he got rid of the robes, hired for the occasion, and we had a walk through the Parks and then some tea before returning.
Since I began this letter “Smee” has taken his place on my back and shoulder and seems to think he is going to spend the night there!
May is very busy at present as Miss Slater is unfortunately laid up and she may have to find someone to assist her for a bit while Miss S. is incapacitated.
I will leave others who may be writing to supplement my news and with much love and all good wishes to my dear little daughter
your affectionate Father