H. Stanhope to Kathleen, May 23, [1896]

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23rd May

Dear Miss O’Reilly

I have been reading the “Songs of The Cascades” in my retreat in Datchet and must thank you again for them. They give one a mixed impression of Whyte-Melville, Lindsay Gordon, and Rudyard Kipling, though there is great deal of originality as well.

I lunched with Admiral Hotham, a few days, he was rather down at the loss of his relative Captain St. Clairs whom you may remember in command of the “Champion”. He was operated on for cancer at the back of the tongue & did not survive. Captain Trench’s death is also very sad, I daresay you knew him.

I was dining with the Musgraves last night, a very pleasant party, and I was glad to meet Mr. Croft and Miss Maud again. They both looked very well, and seem to be going out and about a good deal and enjoying themselves.

I think it seem to be nearly your turn for a visit to England and have a look at what’s going on. People seem to be very busy with their amusements, and the rush about is greater than ever. You have no idea what a mania there is for bicycling. I must say I find it a great addition to one’s means of getting exercise, when its too cold to go on the river. Occasionally I have to take some ladies out at 7:00 a.m., they wont go out at any other time as the streets are so full of traffic, before one can get to a park. This is the Queen’s birthday, and the afghan prince arrives. His is to be the excitement of the next few days till they move him on to Birmingham and Glasgow. The 29th is my birthday; I hope I shant get and “expensive” presents. I suppose you are enjoying another of those British Columbian summers. Here it is very changeable. We had a week’s hot weather & thought summer was in for good, when it suddenly became so bitterly cold again one didn’t know what to do

I hope Mr. & Mrs. O’Reilly are keeping well. Please remember me to all of yours & again thanking you for the book. Believe me

Your sincere friend Harry Stanhope


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