Box 6 Files 4-10
My dear Miss O’Reilly
It is so kind of you to remember me with another calendar, the third I think you have sent me, & I use them daily in the admiralty. Many thanks too for your letter. I received it a few days before I was coming here and said to myself that I would answer it when I was in our old home. I dont know why I should have waited it was an idea, that’s all – rather unaccountable, something like the idea, I think, in the first part of your letter, which says something about whether it bores me to hear from you. I think, Miss O’Reilly, if you were here I should call you names, perhaps they would’nt look well on paper, but perhaps I’d also better say straight out that no matter how numerous, your letters would never bore me, & I shall always be only too glad to get them. I am rather sad to think that because I’m so bad at letter writing, it made you think I had forgotten you. Please dont let that be another idea of yours. We have been shooting for the last 2 days, & balls to which I did not go, but I was’nt the only one who stayed behind by a long way. The people are so kind, who have our house and I do so like a few days down here, &_ see the old people & the old haunts. I’m afraid this is rather a disjointed letter, but I am writing for the post, & am returning to town tomorrow its like going back to school, I dont like it. As to our complications with Germany & the United States, they are too sad to write about. Will you please wish yourself, & your people a Happy New Year, though rather late in the day. & let us hope Old England will go well through it. I was so sorry to hear of Miss Maud Dunsmuir being so ill. There is a young chap, a Mr . Dunne, staying here, who also told me of it. He remembered me at Victoria, but I did’nt recollect him a bit. I daresay you have met him. He seems a very nice young fellow & says he will be going out again to B.C. My people are all well thanks, & I hope yours are the same
Wishing you every happiness. Ever
P.S. I was forgetting about the names I was to call you for your saying I had forgotten you and that it bored me to hear from you. I dont think I feel so furious now, and I shall only call you a “naughty girl” for thinking such things and dont do it again.
I have ‘nt forgotten that the “naughty girl” was a very pretty one, and was always very nice to me. so I hope she wont be angry at my calling her such awful names!
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