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March 20th 1898 - Letter from May Sladden to her sister, Kathleen Sladden

20th March 1898
Correspondence From
May Sladden, Woodford House, Dingwall Road, Croydon
Correspondence To
Kathleen Sladden
Relationship to Letter Addressee
Text of Letter

Woodford House
Dingwall Rd

Mar 20th/98

My dear Kathleen,

I must write to you today.  I can write again in the week for your birthday.  You may be prepared for rather a mad sort of letter, I feel – well, all sorts of things.  

We break up April 1st but I am going to leave on the 31st in time to go to the wedding, then if Sister will have me I am coming on to Clewer to stay till the following Monday.  I have written to ask her if she can have me & fully expect an affirmative answer.  If not I shall give it all up as a bad job.

You know I am not coming back here?  I am going to stay at home all next term, won’t it be simply glorious, poor old girl I know you will envy me.  I am so glad not to be coming back here, I don’t think I could stand another term of it.  You see I can be looking out for something to do after the summer holidays.  I have got a horrid cold & cough & also a headache & the remains of a toothache this evening, that is partly why I feel so wild.

I can’t trouble to think but just put down what comes first.  I am simply sick & tired of the two children.  I have such a dose of them on Saturday & Sunday, one is not such a bad little thing sometimes, but the other well I don’t often dislike children, but I do absolutely dislike that child, I find it hard to speak to her without getting in a rage.

I had a little respite this afternoon I went to tea at the Hasleys, Miss Hasley is the second form mistress here & lives in the town, they were very nice.  Yesterday week I spent a good part of the day with Miss Newton, she is very nice, I often see her now at Church, perhaps I may go & see her again next Saturday.  There are only ten days more of the term, but I feel as if those ten days would never go.  Oh! how lovely it will be a fortnight today.  I did get a letter from Miss White on the Monday evening.  I cannot tell you much about it, except that it was a lovely letter, but I will show it you when we meet, oh when!!!  She told me you had been to tea with her, I am so glad.  My head is “splitting” I must go to bed.  I will write again on Thursday in time for your birthday.  Goodbye, much love from your very loving sister

May E. Sladden

Thank Emily for her message & give her my love.  Tell her I shall be quite mad with excitement when I get to Clewer.

P.S to P.S.  Talking of Clewer the Vicar preached such a screamingly funny sermon last Wednesday, nearly the whole church were in fits & even your sober sister could not keep her countenance!!

Eleven days more!!! =264 hours more Ʀ 10/10  V. G. 

I mustn’t laugh any more at George’s mad letters.


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1 double sheet of notepaper
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Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service
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