To GDC at Garroulds. Postmarked - Wickham Market - May 29th 1871
My dear George
No doubt you begin to look for a line from me as its some time since I last wrote. We enjoyed ourselves very much at Whitton & it is a very nice place indeed & well furnished too, quite up to the mark which I should think cost some lot of money, but Uncle is doing well their, they have a Governess for the children, they learn music & French, and Bobby too, he is going to learn Latin, so they are up to the mark. Uncle Harry Draper was married last Saturday, the Derby day. Uncle Charley & Fred Hayward were at the wedding, he sent us a piece of cake but no cards, I suppose its not the fashion & what his lady's name was I do not know, for we have only heard from him in a newspaper occasionally. Grandmama Draper wrote about a fortnight ago but not a very pleasing letter. Anna Maria is gone out somewhere but she did not say where or what she was going to do, it seems she rather take her part & her Mother is their still, so they do not want us, people what do the work with her get the best thought of. No doubt Uncle John is confirms to know how he shall succeed on Wednesday, but I fear he will not get the crib from what we saw in a letter from Mr. Robinson to Uncle Wm. when we were their, but if he do not that I should think he will have to give up at Michaelmas for Uncle Wm. had to pay his rent for him, a 100£ in April last, so that do not look much like any to put out to interest. Uncle says his debts are 1000£ & he have not more than 600 to pay every one with, so his son Wm. had much make spare for their are several more to bring up and place out yet, then their prospects are nothing. I hope Wm. is benefited by being confirmed. The barleys I am glad to say, are very much improved, I think they will do better than the wheat for that is rather thin. Father says he will write to you next week & send the money for Mr. Goddard's bill, also for some new boots. I think you had better have another pair for best & take the others for every day or you will be grown out of them. I am glad you succeeded at the cricket match but do take care of cold and not leave off flannels too soon. I do not think we shall be able to come to London this summer for these lot of cows take some time to see after & my domestic is you know, a wonderful ordinary one so I have a great deal to do & see after, so I should not know how to leave, for cows are more trouble in summer, the things want more cleaning. I want a real good servant, then Ellen will soon be going to school again, their is no chance for me to leave them. I am glad Aunt Taylor got all her rent but she is a rum little bit of goods, I expect she will soon want a smaller house for the rent is rather too much. I am sorry to say my fowls have done bad, only 27 turkeys at present, 31 ducks, a lot have died, no nice place to keep them in. Today is Grepingfield Fair. Father is going to take the bull & five other things to the sale at Harleston tomorrow, I hope they will sell well. Brindy heifer's calf died last week, it never was up to much. Now dear boy its dinner time so must say Adieu. All join with me in kindest love and glad you are well & hope you will soon get out of the desk is the wish of your ever loving Mama.