Letter from Frances Hodgkins to Isabel Hodgkins

25 Apr 1892
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25 Apr 1892
Cranmore Lodge April 25th 1892
My dearest Sissie
I am scribbling a few lines before going to bed to keep you from feeling yourself neglected. I have just come home from Scotts where Father and I have been dining and am very tired. This morning I went for a long tramp over the hills with Mr Cherry. I took him down the NE Valley and up as far as the Upper Junction. He seems to have an insane desire to climb every hill he comes across and I confess he tired me out and my condition at present is of the chewed string description. However it was a lovely morning & I enjoyed the ramble tho’ I grudged the time. I am hoping there will be a letter tomorrow from you, but I must not build my hopes too high for likely as not I will be disappointed.
Mrs Scott is a good deal annoyed at the romantic Katie. She got married without consulting anyone and has gone out to Oregon – and Mrs S. doesn’t foretell the future married bliss that Katie has such ideals of – nothing like an old maid for romance & sentiment is there! The Stephensons gave a large afternoon tea yesterday. I would have gone but I promised to go and spend the afternoon with Mrs Scott. Dr S. gave me a lively description of the Chch pictures, mine included, they were very funny at my expense tonight over the head and made scathing remarks about carved out turnips and beetroot ears, expressions more agricultural than artistic I think. I paid Dr S. out however by forgetting to ask to see his Rotorua sketches and he had to offer to show them much to Mrs Scott’s amusement. Did I tell you I went out to see Miss Edwards on Saturday. May came with me, it wasn’t much of a visit. Miss E was ill and Miss Florrie was expecting Barnmeyer and wasn’t particularly glad to see us. I promised to go out and see Gertie Bell on Saturday but I don’t know how I will ever get so far. I see Mrs Stanley is back and prettier than ever. I wonder if Dunedin will fall down & worship him as of old.
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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.