Letter from Frances Hodgkins to unknown recipient

01 Mar 1896
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01 Mar 1896

She has had two Mosgiel [sic] rugs one from the Morris’ and the other from Brown Ewings and two lovely silver card cases with her initials, one from the Cumine Brothers and the other from the Maitlands, a lovely bangle from Miss Cumine and that is all at present, tho’ she is sure to get loads more, for tho’ she is not going to tell anyone when she is to be married people are sure to send her something. She is hoping to come and see you on her way thro’ Wellington. I will miss her very much. Mother and Father are most likely going down to Collins for Easter, if the weather holds good, at present it is raining cats & dogs. Last night Frank went down to Henley and inaugurated the opening of the duck Season by sitting in a swamp all night, shooting from all accounts many hundreds of duck but bringing home none, and now he is snuffling up sympathy for a cold. The John Roberts are going home again this month, Mr Roberts fancys he will get better more quickly if he takes another sea voyage, so they are going home and coming out again in the Gothic. I wish I was in their Shoes. Miss Sievwright has just sent out portraits of Aggie and Lulu in pastel for which she got the tidy sum of £35 each. I haven’t seen them yet but Father thinks they are very feeble tho’ other people gush over them.
I have just finished a pastel of Alice McGowan to send home to Mrs Spence. Dr Scott likes it so much he has asked me to do Mrs Scott. Alice was frightfully difficult to do as she is very ugly and grows scraggier every day, but I drew her bones anatomically and covered them as she ought to be covered. Mrs Cargill says I am a Court painter, I flatter so fulsomely. The Spences will only think that Alice has improved. There is no news Jack Wright has another daughter and the John Wrights are going Home. I am going to a lunch for Mary at Mrs Finker’s tomorrow.
Well dear old girl I have come to the end of my news. I hope you will be able to read it but the pen is so bad. With much love to yourself and Will ever your loving sister Fanny.
We were sending up a small parcel today by the Cargills who were going for a trip to Wellington but they sent over to say they had changed their minds and weren’t going so it must wait another opportunity.
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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-0085-05. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand.