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[25th March 1890]
My dear Arthur,
I must just send you a line to tell you what a pleasant surprise the news from you this morning was, and how very sincerely I wish you joy. I need not say how uncommonly glad we shall be to see you both here: though I am afraid we shall be a rather overwhelmingly large party at first. We shall all be here for Easter, except Charley, I think: which will be extremely pleasant for us at all events.
I can partly understand what a difference it will make in all your prospects.
Father and Tony started for an all-day fell walk this morning, in spite of dismal weather.
Rosie S. Smith is here now for a week. We left Cambridgeshire under floods: canoeing one-day over hedges and fields to Granchester: here it is only rainy.
Farewell till we see you both.
Peter's comments from his family "Morgue":
Theodore's letter is in curiously uniform handwriting for 20 - in that family, at any rate - and perhaps in expression too. Arthur himself, Charley, Maurice and Crompton all wrote more adult hands, and expressed themselves more freely, as it seems to me, while still at Marlborough.
I don't know who Rosie S. Smith was, whose presence at breakfast prevented Mary Ll. D from revealing the contents of the Arthur's letter.
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