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August 8th 1914 - Letter from Julius Sladden to his daughters, May, Kathleen, Ethel, Juliet Sladden

8th August 1914
Correspondence From
Julius Sladden, Muritai, 17 Millfield, Folkestone
Correspondence To
May, Kathleen, Ethel, Juliet Sladden, Craig-y-mor, Newport
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17 Millfield

8th August 1914

My own dear Girls

I think I must write you a joint letter. I quite understand the tense excitement you all feel in these troubled times and the anxiety you feel as to the future, especially when those near to you may be drawn into the zone of danger, but at the same time, you will be proud to have brothers who are burning to take part in their country’s cause and in the cause of freedom and honour in this world crisis. Little Belgium has already shown Europe how to tackle this overgrown bully and with God’s providence, I feel that the cause of right and justice will in the end prevail. The attitude of the country and its dominions is admirable and should hearten us all up in what may prove a long and arduous struggle. Public confidence is strengthening and I think will continue to do so if people will keep their heads. I hope Kathleen will not curtail her holiday. I do not think help such as she suggests is yet necessary thought I feel you are all burning to do something. Aunt Lottie is very glad to have me here and we can explain matters to her about which she is often somewhat in a fog. Cyril and I are off to Dover this morning. We may hear something there as to the departure of troops. I have an idea that there is a large force being poured into Belgium but these matters are rightly kept out of the papers. I am quite well and manage to sleep pretty soundly although by night and day one’s brain seems only to find room for the one absorbing subject. I know you will all keep stout hearts and cheer your Mother up by your example.

Your loving father
Julius Sladden

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Envelope containing 3 sheets of notepaper
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