H. Stanhope to Mary Beresford O’Reilly (Mrs. Jack), Bournemouth, July 2 [1920 or 1923?]

AE Or3 C421

Branksome Clinic House
Branksome Park
2 July

Dear Mrs. Jack

I felt that I must play the part of God-father at the christening as much as possible allthough I could’nt attend. No doubt someone stood in my place & took on for me all responsibility for John Windham’s sins until he ‘s able to take all the consequences on himself. I dont mind so long as I dont take on those of the parents as well, that is the mother’s! as I know the father to be a man possessed of no redeeming vices. I learnt that all new-born infants have struck against mugs. I suppose they must have “gone dry” . And that they only care about silver bowls & spoons so that they can use the former later on as a small sugar basin. How wise & foreseeing they have become . So I have sent one out addressd to you & hope there wont be a heavy duty to pay. I had hoped to send it by Laurence Earle but found he had already left England.

There is a suitable inscription in it but I did’nt know the date of birth or christening & dont even know if one need be put on. If you think it ought perhaps you would have it done at Victoria . I hope things are going along better in B.C. Here we live in a state of uncertainty as to when the crash will come. I suppose when industries are unable to pay the high wages & have to close down. Then it will be general unemployment & general turmoil. Out of it we are told a better England will arise. Lord save me from it, the old one was good enough for me . Love to all and the same to yourself.

Yours very sincerely

Harry Stanhope


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