5th October 1915
My dear Eugénie
Thank you for your letter giving me news of Cyril. I am glad he has had massage for his wounds, it seems to be so very beneficial. I hope he is still at Alexandria for if he is again sent into the fighting in the Dardanelles you will once more be very anxious, give my love to him. When you write next I heard of his brave act in looking after that wounded man who came from Badsey or near. It is lovely to read of those Christian acts and a relief from the horrible side of the war. Where is George now? Has he been fighting in the late grand advance? My love to him also. Fred and Florence went last Monday week to stay at Addlestone, it is a lovely sunny morning and I hope it is the same there, good weather is so important for Florence. I expect them home on Saturday or Monday, but I am not alone for Anna and Dalgarno are with me for a fortnight which is delightful. He has grown and seems so well and is always so happy to have me play with him. Harry did not stay long at Bexhill but was ordered to Southend, at least the Headquarters are there, and he is in a comfortable billet at Leigh-on-Sea. Anna will go and see him for a day this week if it suits him, she wants to talk over some of my business with him. I have had a letter from Edwin this morning, he is at Banff for 6 months to undergo medical treatment, highly recommended by Dr Cooper, he already seems better, he was 16 last February, keeps on growing. Dr Cooper said he was anaemic and that the blood did not get properly to his brain, for the present he is to give up all study, it would be really disastrous to go on with it. I hope what is being done for him will, with God’s blessing, restore him to health. Myfanwy is getting on well and can now go about on crutches and soon may be allowed to bear weight on the leg. Fanny has now got a new Governess who will I hope suit, she seems a very nice girl. I was very much interested to hear of Miss Holmes’ engagement and since then I saw her marriage in the paper. I hope she will be very happy. Mrs Ashwin will miss her very much, and that gentleman who was attentive to her will be sorry but perhaps he will now turn his attention to someone else. I hope Arthur’s wife and baby will be able to stay with you before they go to Sydenham, you will like so much to see your grandchild. Fred and Florence are going to stay with Evelyn Gardiner some time this month, they will come back here for a few days when they leave Addlestone, are to stay a month at Folkestone. I am going to try and get Mrs Lambert to pay me a visit then. Anna and Dalgarno will go back to Folkestone from here when their fortnight is over, we are going lunch at the Sherrards tomorrow taking Dalgarno with us, so I shall soon know whether Mrs Lambert can come or not. We saw her last Friday, she had quite recently from Geoffrey and he thought there would be another move in about ten days’ time, the news was grand about a week ago, very cheering. I hear that [?] White’s son is wounded and missing, that must be terrible news to get. I know here through the National Service League. Much love to you all.
Your loving sister
Mary Anna Robinson
PS – I hope Jack is feeling better. I am sorry you have a cold and cough and hope you may soon be better.