AE Or3 Or31.1
Point Ellice, Victoria
My beloved Kitty,
Not many days have passed since I wrote to you but I must send a few lines to-day – yr father intended to but thinks he will not be able to to-day for we are going to the Matinee to hear “Paul Jones” and we can’t enjoy it without sending you a scribble before Monday. Jack came back on Thursday rather depressed – he did not have a very good sport, & seems out of luck! & of course, his holiday is over. The rains have at last commenced & have been very heavy, & the ceiling in the North room is much worse, the roof ought to have examd & repaird before the rain came. To-day is bright & yr father is gone to town. Harding has just been here with some roses & yr father has telephoned that he has a letter from Joe who was at Bailey’s Hotel where I hope you will be when you arrive. All were well in England. I have written to Lady Macdonald to tell her about yr being in Eng & I will write to others, Mrs. Blair & Lady Seymour. Two days ago I had a letter from Howard Whylock – he is in Montreal, but is to be in Eng on 14th Dec & as he has heard fr. Capt Ogilvie that I am going to Eng he wd like to go by the same steamer. It is very nice & friendly of him, is it not? I am writing to him to tell him how it is! That you are gone, but not I. I suppos Carry knows all about where he is & why he has come to America for six weeks so he says. I am trying to get courage to write to Carry about you, but I have not written for so long. I hope one will be kind & nice to you, my darling. I always tried to be to her. I am sure there are lots of things I ought to say to you, & I seem to be quite “cultus[?]”. There is another number come from you from Mr. Begbie. You must write & tell him you are in town & perhaps he will remember the hospitality with which he was treated here – people sometimes forget, though. I have just had a letter from Mrs. Bob! friendly as ever! she will be kind to you, if you let her – for my sake & yr father’s. She tells me that trouble has come to Edith Williams; her husband is very ill but it may be exaggerated. It is well for her that she has her father and mother with her and I hope he will soon be better. I suppose it is the result of the Malta fever. I hope Sir Michael will keep his health to the end of his turn he has not much longer now to stay.
[two pages that may belong either to letter Oct. 31, 1896 or to letter Dec. 16, 1896]
Miss Godley (Maude)
Carrigallen[?], Co Leitrim
I am ashamed of this letter, it is so untidy – be sure you burn them when you read – get a little book & make a memo of anything you want to remember & then tear them up. A few days after you left Jack went up to the Loewens, & he told us Martha B. Had told him that she had heard from Capt. Lambton that H.A.S. had been appointed to a ship but tho’ we have tried to get a Navy List we have not been able – they have none at Hibbens – so we know nothing more: I am sure this will be a disappointment to you & I feel quite unable to help you in any way, except with prayers, which are unceasing; & firm hope & belief that God’s mercy will guide & strengthen you, & that ultimately He will grant you yr heart’s desire, & make you happy in His own good time. Make Him yr friend, & counsellor, & he will make all things work together for your good. I always have so many things to say, I forget half, but will begin another letter as soon as this is gone and entreat you to write fully, & tell all yr little anxieties if you have them but I trust you will not – only wd I could know that your are happy.
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