My dearest Mother,
Betty has written you a long letter, but I will send you a few lines too & send the various messages from different people, we have had so many enquiries after you.
This morning Miss Adkins came to enquire, & as the old man was with her in the carriage I went out & spoke to him. I was to tell you how sorry he was you had been ill again & he hopes you will soon be better & able to come home. He looked rather better I thought & said he was enjoying the drive. Mrs Hands called for a minute just before tea to ask after you, she said Evelyn is a good deal better. I told her I would have been down to see her but as Judy has whooping cough I thought I had better not, that was the first they had heard of it, she looked rather horrified & was evidently quite glad I hadn’t been.
Then Mrs Byrd looked in after tea, also Miss Macdonald, & I have had besides many enquiries in the village. Mrs New asked me to give you her love & say how much you are in her thoughts. She is going up to the Lakes after Whitsuntide & when she comes back will hope to be able to come over & see you.
You would be pleased if you could see how well your little Judy is looking now, she seems quite herself again & says she hasn’t felt so well for a long time. The cough doesn’t trouble her much now, & much less at night, last night she thought she coughed once but wasn’t quite sure, & in the day-time she doesn’t cough more than four or five times. The whoop is now often unmistakeable. Her appetite is very good & she is full of energy. She has done quite a lot of needle work the last few days.
Very much love from your loving daughter
Father has quite recovered from his bilious attack of yesterday. He quite enjoyed a good afternoon’s gardening today.