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December 1st 1898 - Letter from May Sladden to her sister, Ethel Sladden

1st December 1898
Correspondence From
May Sladden, Seward House, Badsey
Correspondence To
Ethel Sladden, St Margaret's House, Clewer, Windsor
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Dec 1st/98

My dear Ethel,

Thank you for your letter, I am glad you liked the thimble.  Thank you very much for the purse that you & the others gave me.

You say you have got the music exam book for the lower division, is it of the Local Centre exams or the local schools?  I should think it must be the former as the latter would be too easy for you I think.  It was good for you to be top again last week, I do so hope you will be moved up next term.

We went to the Literary at Mrs Hope’s last Tuesday, there were only sixteen there.  There was rather a row about the whole affair.  Mr Price was asked to read Marlow & only on Saturday he discovered that he would have to make love to a barmaid & he would not do it so he went & told Mrs Hope that he wouldn’t go.  Mrs Hope however, knowing very few were coming, said he & Mrs Price must come, the play should not be read, & she would send her carriage to fetch them.  So when we got there they had all the musical part of the programme & everyone wondered what would happen next & at last it was arranged between Mr Taylor & Mr Price that they should read the play, missing out the objectionable act.  So the parts were rearranged on the spur of the moment & the rest of the evening went off calmly.  I had to read Mrs Hardcastle.

We have got a nice edition of George Herbert’s poems for Mother’s birthday present.  Father is going to give her an umbrella.

We have got a hatch of twelve little chicken, a hen stole a nest under the cart shed & we never knew until she brought out her family of twelve.  I hope the weather will not be too cold just yet or we shall hardly rear them. 

There was a magic lantern entertainment on Monday at the old school.  Mr Price asked Mother to play so she & I played a duet, & she played another piece the duet was very easy luckily for I had to learn it in four days.

I am so glad you liked the dance, I wonder why you were so alarmed at the idea of setting out with Miss Allen & Miss Cave, I don’t know what Miss Cave is like, but I know I never thought Miss Allen very alarming.  I do hope the play will go off well, I should like to be able to fly up to Windsor one of the days just to see it.  Are bouquets going to be given to Miss Smith & Miss White like last time?

I am glad it is December, the holidays don’t seem far off now.  I am longing to get you & Kathleen back.

Much love to you both 
your loving sister

May E Sladden

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