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Hotel de la ferme St. Simeon.
My dear Bunnie and Major -
We had an abominable dinner at Southampton - for which, judging from OK's face, a huge price must have been paid to the British bandit who waited upon us - and who nearly poisoned us with what he called coffee - The boat was the same one we crossed in the last time! - an[d] the Stewardess recognised me and asked after Trixie! - The Major will remember her - Poor thing she did her best to help [p. 2] us - and of course I was miserable - and have been all day - Here we are, and the place would be under other circumstances charming - I mean especially the hotel - which is as you see from its name an old farm - and we breakfasted in the open - surrounded with orchards and gaping at the sea in front of us - Of course also I fell into a flock of Britons - who called at me and introduced themselves boisterously - Mrs. Hastings! - and men folk - the Comyns Carr lot! - And of course also I was so frozen in return that they fell back on their haunches - and have been playing croquet or skittles all the afternoon to forget! - But isn't it a sort of fate! - I dont know what to say - still I fancy we shall stay here - at any rate as headquarters - even if we wander about in the neighborhood -
Again of course - from a painting point of view - the day has been damnable! The sky like the Barnetts polished coal scuttle - The sun without an eyelid! Impossible to look at any thing -
On the other hand I have had something like an appetite! and have been frightfully sleepy - OK is delighted! -
Went into the church - which is excellent - and began a little picture - If I could have found the old woman or a verger I should have put up a candle for Trixie - Indeed I wish I were a Catholic - I dont know after all -
Probably we shall cross over again on Sunday night - and turn up on Monday morning -
So perhaps after all we may as well hold out another week at the Cottage -
This must go now - if even [sic, ever] at all [p. 3] in time - which I doubt - as by the way we are in full fête! -
Many things to both of you -
I may be getting better - but I am awfully depressed! Fancy coming the route over again - without thinking. -
What is to become
J McN W
Well never mind Bunnie - I shall get back to the pictures again - and you & the Major are very very good - & I am very fond of you - and I daresay you will all get up early and shut all the doors in another and an easier world!
So thats all right -
Mrs Whibley -
St. Judes Cottage -
Heath End -
[stamp:] POSTE / 15 / REPUBLIQUE FRANCAISE
[stamp (x 2):] POSTE / 5 / REPUBLIQUE FRANCAISE
[postmark:] HONFLEUR / CALVADOS / 4E 14 / JUIL / 96
[postmark on verso:] LON[DON] / O [ ] / JY [ ] / 9
[on verso, another hand, in pencil:] 'First journey written after his wife's death'
1. [14 July 1896]
Dated from the postmark.
The stationery has a deep mourning border.
7. Mrs. Hastings
Mrs Hastings, unidentified.
9. So thats all right -
Written in the left margin, at right angles to the main text.