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January 17th 1911 - Letter from May Sladden to her sister, Kathleen Sladden

17th January 1911
Correspondence From
May Sladden, Seward House, Badsey
Correspondence To
Kathleen Sladden
Relationship to Letter Addressee
Text of Letter

Seward House

Jan 17th/11

My dear Kathleen,

I wonder if you are having snow by this time, I was surprised to get into snow about half an hour after leaving London & it increased as I came along until I found about 3 inches on the ground here.  They say it only began at breakfast-time.  Father did not go to Evesham this morning but drove down to Badsey Station in Evans’ trap & went by my train & I had the trap to drive home in.  I had quite a good journey, just nice time at Paddington.  I enquired at Upper Sydenham station about the pen-knife, but it had not been seen & I could not see it on the bridge so I am afraid it is gone for good.

They seem to have been rather a “mimsy” party at home during my absence, Judy has not been very well again, had a chill I should say & that brought her spirits down & her appetite failed, I think she is better today.  Enid is here for a couple of days & is doing her good I think. Ethel has not been feeling quite right since her last fainting attack & has also been “off her feed”, Mother has been rather worried about her & has also been a little bilious herself for a day or two, so they are not sorry to get me back.  Father seems all right, & Boo declares himself perfectly all right & appetite quite recovered.  We shall miss him very much when he goes on Friday.

There was a letter from Arthur this morning, he has been frightfully busy again – at work from 9 a.m. Saturday to 3 a.m. Sunday.  I mean to write to him this evening & enquire as to the possibility of his taking a short holiday.  He says Mary is going to leave the Dysons at Easter & be at home for a time.  I should think it is just as well.

I hope you were warm enough today with only your rain coat, I did not think of its turning so cold.  I was quite glad myself that the railway carriage was nice & warm.  My box from Evans did not come before I left, I hope it has turned up by now so that my trunk can be sent off.  You will see that the key comes won’t you?  I hope your coat & skirt will be a success, I quite expect it to be.  I won’t forget my part of the promise – bed at 10.30 tonight.

Mother suggests sending Ethel away for a change somewhere before long & should think Aunt Lizzie Fellows would have her for a little visit & perhaps Mrs Gepp could too, if she could have a week with each that would make a nice change.

Will you tell Jack I quite forgot to settle with him for the dinner last night, I will send the 1/6 along with what I owe you at the earliest opportunity, you know I hate debts!

Thank you all three very much indeed for giving me such a good time, I enjoyed myself very much, & feel well refreshed for beginning the term, & more ready for grappling with difficulties of all sorts than I felt before.

Much love to you all 
your loving sister

May E Sladden

I forgot to say goodbye to Kim, give him a stroke (a kindly one) from me.

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1 double sheet of notepaper
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Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service
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