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December 16th 1900 - Letter from May Sladden to her sister, Ethel Sladden

16th December 1900
Correspondence From
May Sladden, École Normale d'Institutrices, Orléans
Correspondence To
Ethel Sladden
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Text of Letter


Dec 16th 1900

My dear Ethel

I only wrote you half a letter last time so you shall have the other half today.  I want to ask you to get something to give to Ada from me for Christmas, I daresay you can think of something useful or that would be suitable, for about half-a-crown.  You will know best what she wants, so I leave it to you.  How is my money lasting out, if it runs short you must take a little out of the bank for Christmas presents, of course I shall like to join with the rest of you in any presents you think of giving.  When Christmas day comes will you give my best wishes to the Savorys & the Ashwins & the Prices too if you like for a happy Christmas.  And will you ask Hildegarde to wish my Sunday school boys a happy Christmas from me.  I ask you now in case my letter next week should not arrive in time.  I expect you are looking forward very much to having Kathleen home, she will have a lot to tell you.  I hope your children will sing their carols nicely.  I have taught several songs to the girls here, they always like to sing English songs & I find that book of songs that I brought with me very useful, the accompaniment is easy & I can manage it all right.

I have taught them “Home Sweet Home” & one or two others.  Miss Hargreaves seems to have taught them a lot, she was musical & sang well I believe.  

I wonder how the plays at Brecon went off, Dip must have been very busy with his exam work & rehearsals into the bargain.  I am getting on with the first of Baby’s pinafores everyone here exclaims at it when they see it & wonder how I can have the patience to put so much work in it.  The French are rather clever at some kinds of needlework but they do not often do anything that requires a great deal of work.  

I am going to get Marguerite Petail to show me how to make some very pretty lace bordered handkerchiefs which she knows how to make, it is not expensive work & it really is charming when finished.  I have just come from the English school having had tea with the English girls.  There is a Miss Meiklejohn there who has lately come, she has a brother who has gained the Victoria Cross at Elandslaagte, he was presented with it yesterday at Windsor, I expect you will have seen it in the paper.  

I hope you will have a very jolly Christmas all together, you must imagine that I am with you & I must also transport myself in imagination.

Goodbye, with much love from 
your loving sister

May E Sladden


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