Letter from Frances Hodgkins to Rachel Hodgkins

12 Apr 1881
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12 Apr 1881
Dearest Mother
I am so sorry that I have not written to you before this, but I really could not help it. I was going to write on Sunday night, but just as I was going to do so some gentlemen came in. I forgot to tell you that this was down at Mrs Royse’s. Did you get Mrs Royse’s letter that she wrote to you she did not quite know the address, so I don’t know whether you got it. I am sorry to say I have broken a little bit off my tooth, in a tumble I had. I will tell you how it happened. On Monday morning we were all playing in the garden, when Mr Royse came out and went into the conservatory to water the plants, then we went in too, Mr Royse began to water us instead of the plants then all of a sudden he dodged and ran after me, and I bolted of [out] of the door, but just as I was going through my feet skipped and I fell on my face and knocked half of my tooth out, and cut my lip a little. I did not go to school that day because my mouth hurt a little. You must not think it much because it is not.
I hope you are enjoying yourself very much. Will you be back for my birthday. Willie is coming down on the 22 of this month & not going to wait for you. Give my love to all our cousins and dear Grandpapa and everybody.
Aunt Bella let us all go to the Beach on Saturday because it was such a fine day. The little Royse’s went with us. I must not write too much, because I have to go to bed directly or else I will get a bad mark. Although I think Aunt Bella is only pretending to give us bad marks, because I found out that she only puts down all the money she spends, and the things she buys. I truly must say goodnight now because I am afraid of a bad mark, so good night darling mother give my best love to papa and tell him I am going to write to him next time, all the little ones are exceedingly good and send the love.
I remain your
Very goodest daughter
F Hodgkins
p.s. Did you have a nice voyage over and make haste and come home __
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Letters from Frances Hodgkins. Field, Isabel Jane, 1867-1950 : Correspondence of Frances Hodgkins and family / collected by Isabel Field. Ref: MS-Papers-0085-01. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand.