07 May 1892
We have got two new neighbours the Jimmy Cargill’s have taken the house at the back of our stable and the Stanfords! What rapture! Have taken the Salmonds house.
The tone of your last letter wasn’t very lively dearest. I know you are not leading a life particularly congenial to you but I expect you will be making a bee-line for home after Will’s next visit. It is lucky for you having that to look forward to. Will you kindly thank Aunt Bella for the £1. I think I have decidedly got the best of that “bargain”.
The rest of the Family has gone to bed and as I own to feeling a trifle nervous (translated means in a blue funk) I think I will follow their example & finish this tomorrow.
This letter seems to have spun out in spite of want of news.
Mrs Davidson sent me up a packet of tickets to sell for a lecture by Prof. Sale in aid of the fund to buy more pictures for the Public Art Gallery. I trudged around this afternoon and disposed of 8. I have so little time I am afraid I will not get rid of many. The Black Devil has grown in to such a beautiful cat tho’ in spite of its beauty nobody seems to care much about it bar me.
This hardly (sketch) does the darling justice, and I have certainly given her more than her share of whisker.
Have you done much sketching? I think Chch is lovely at this time of the year.
You have never said anything about your engagement ring. Hasn’t it proved the source of pleasure that you anticipated, or do you still let it repose by turns on the kitchen dresser or among your curl rags like you did the priceless diamond and then gently rub your slender 3rd finger and say you don’t feel a bit as tho’ you were engaged.
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.