H. Stanhope to Kathleen, London, March 11, [1899]

Add MSS 412, Box 6 File 4-10


Dear Miss O’Reilly

Many thanks for your letter of 15th Febry. I see you still require instructions on a few points in our strange naval customs. I suppose the [?] office at Esquimalt informed you that it was necessary that a Commander required two years sea time to qualify him for promotion. But that must be looked on as the minimum, and their Lordships prefer 3 years to 2. But I am not worrying myself as it is no use, nor am I countinuing to worry their Lordships as I had a hint that I had already done so enough when my health was not sufficiently re-established to suit them. The “Warspite” commissions on the 28th. G[?] Williams who married Miss Ward is the Commander. I paid Admiral Beaumont a visit. Mrs. Is very nice, & I think they should be liked on shore. He is a man who likes to be hard at work all the 24 hours, so after his time at the Intelligence Department, I expect he will find the amount of Naval work deadly small, and want to worry them all round. The flag Captain Walker is married, I dont know anything of his wife, I think I met her once for a few minutes. Our house is in the hands of the paper-hangers for some weeks. I am going up to Scotland on a golfing tour with some cousins. I should have like to see you in fancy dress. I am inclined to think you stayed at the ball late rather willingly, as I expect you were looking very pretty “poudrée”. I am playing hockey this afternoon – has it become fashionable in Victoria? People, especially ladies, seem crazy about it. It will be warm weather soon in B.C. I suppose the pretty white frocks will be brought out. I always remember some rather fascinating ones of yours.

Kind regards to all your people from

your ever sincerely

Harry Stanhope


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