To GDC at Garroulds. Postmarked - Wickham Market - June 6th 1870
My dear George
Many thanks for your kind letter and no doubt you have been looking for one from us, but really we have had no time, so now I said I would make an attempt.
Last Thursday we drove over to Bungay in the afternoon to take Ellen some warmer clothes and I must say she looks very thin and queer, such weak eyes too, a thing she is more subject to, but perhaps its from always studying and the keep is not very first rate, rather different to what she have at home. We went to Dennis Wilson to tea so did not get home till nearly 10 oclock. Uncle Freeman was there, also Uncle Wilson, he telegraphed from Stowmarket to Dennis at the King's Head, Bungay, in the afternoon to send for him by last train. He have the offer of a farm for Fred, 1600 acres Chillesford Lodge, so on Monday night he is going to look in over. Mr Pells would like a larger farm than were he now is & he will find cash so Fred is lucky to get hold of such a girl. Poor Mrs Freeman is alone again. Uncle Wilson is undecided about it for it take a lot of money. Then one of the others would want to take Freds so he would want still more cash. No doubt by this time Wm. have told you his Father is going to Handfords Gate farm, Ipswich. Its a public house as well, desperate poor lands but I should think Uncle Wm. have hired it & put him in to see after it, for we know he have no money & Uncle Wm. is responsible for rent etc. Next Tuesday is the Dennington Hall sale so we are going to have a bit of a party, Freemans, Wilsons, Mr. & Mrs Read, Mr. & Mrs Blom field, Uncle Wm. and I expect Uncle John, he is asked Uncle Charley & Hayward so I shall have open house, I wish you could be here. Uncle John came to breakfast last Tuesday and then went to Halesworth with us. Mr. Whiting is going to take his farm. Father have not cut his clover seed yet, its not fit. Uncle John have cut his & he says too soon for you cannot get the seeds out unless its fit. Father have threshed but I do not expect the barley did very well, he sold 80 coombs to J. Flatman, 18s per coomb & the beans I do not know what they were sold for nor yet how they did. We have had a splendid rain, just what was wanted for the field is very bare, my cows shrink terribly, only two pails of milk night and morning. We were very pleased you got to London all right. I had a letter from Uncle Harry's wife last Sunday, they want your address so they can send you a present so I must write to them soon & don't be surprised at the hamper from them. Grandmama Chandler should have come here for a week next Tuesday but I have postponed her visit for a week on account of my company, for how and were I shall sleep nearly all that lot I don't know but sit up all night, some must take the couch and the easy chairs. Now my dear I think I have told you all at present and its just post time, so with all our kind love to you and take care of yourself, its all from your ever loving Mama.
We shall not be at Halesworth on Tuesday but if you do send the hamper Ellnough can bring it. The Tuesday after shall be their to meet Grandmama. Don't forget to send the shirts to make another by & anything that wants mending, stockings etc.