January 3rd, 1895
My Beloved Angee,
You have set a good example in sending me such a nice long letter this morning – was not much surprised to hear that the dear girls were staying at Catford a little longer than we thought of and no doubt Mrs H. & Willie were glad to see the dear children and must have been surprised to see them so near womanhood. It will be a nice little change for them – glad to hear dear Hilda is improving – I can picture her with the coloured pencils drawing her portrait and putting in the pink.
We have had a fine day here and I have made a start with the work again – taken 5 nice orders and what was specially cheering was to hear from one I opened with on the last call report well of the goods and wanted to order some more and paid up clean. Our old friend opposite our lodging too, Mr Ireland, gave me an order just now. You must excuse a short note as my time is short indeed can only catch this post with the extra 1d – so adieu – glad your eye is better and with much love to you all believe me my dearest Angee.
Being very affectionate Husband