H. Stanhope to Caroline, London, September 12, [1892]

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4. Cranley Place
Sept. 12th

My dear Mrs. O’Reilly

I arrived in London three days ago, and was welcomed by my mother & two brothers who had upset their plans on my account which was very good of them as I only wanted to stay a few days in town to visit, tailor [?] & then go north myself, I made them start on their respective visits the following day; remaining here in solitary state except for a soldier brother and his wife who are staying in Ennismore Gardens nearby. I wish to tell you that I decided not to speak on the subject nearest my heart to any of my people until I had an answer from Mr. O’Reilly. Letters from B.C. seem to tax a long time coming. Yours to Mr. Atkinson of Brook Str. only arrived the morning of the day I went to him though it left Victoria the same day I did. I ordered clothes for your son & left your ring to be mended – it took some time. Mr. A. is a most garrulous individual to escape from, & he would keep on showing me a lot of rough diamonds &c. I am sending out a parcel next week to Mr. Williamson and shall enclose in it some ties and a pin for Jack which he wanted also a hairpin for your girl which I had permission to send her before I left & I now ask yours. It is an old thing I have had in my possession a long time & belonged to a grand aunt, but I have had it altered & you will not be able to accuse me of extravagance. I shall also take the liberty to enclose your ring, as I do not think it ought to pay duty, but (as I have a conscience) I do not like to do the same with the clothes, nor would I like it either, I am sure. I have not quite settled on my naval plans, but shall know more in a couple of days. I have had an offer which I do not think I shall accept – it has to do with the Land – and not the sea. I hope you and yours are well. My thoughts are always back in Victoria. What I have on my mind is a letter, which looking back must have been rather a selfish one, I wrote to you from Vancouver, the day after I left Victoria; did you not think so? Please allow me to send my love to all at Point Ellice &

Believe me

Ever yours sincerely

Harry Stanhope

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