FCP B96 F37

Letter from Jean R Cluffe to Leonora Curtin, 1929/09/06

My dear Twin

Thanks for two letters from Simla. The one from Agra never reached me. I had none between the one you wrote Delhi asking for introductions which I sent, + one form Simla + was wondering had you got my letters from Lucknow at all.

Unless you come to Missoorie you will not see us as we do not go down before November + this winter I think of staying up here with Baby to see if it will buck us up a bit. Ashley will try for a job for the winter as he got tired doing next to nothing for so long.

Have had a rotten season, came up in Mrch with Ashley ill with fever, then our bearer nearly died of pneumonia + the boy who helps him had chickenpox at same time, next my dog died of distemper + to climax things Ashley's pony was stolen + he did not get it back for about 3 months + had to buy another. Servants except bearer have also been a nuisance -- the ayah I got when I came up walked off one day because I scolded her + the new one I got is hopeless so we must change again. As for cooks we've had a regular procession, so I've not been able to entertain or do anything. Now Babs has been having a touch of bronchitis but seems better tonight so as you may imagine I've had no spare time!

Am glad you have had a good summer. Excuse short letter but have no time for now. With love + hoping to see you before you leave India.

Ever so affectly

Jean R Cluffe

From West Lynne (perhaps Lyzune), Missoorie (alt spelling of Mussoorie, India.

Letter from Jean R Cluffe to Leonora Curtin, 1929/09/21

My dear Leo,

Thanks very much for the quaint little bangle sent to Baby. She is greatly taken with it tho' more to play with than to wear at present.

I am sorry you are not coming here as we shall not have the hoped for meeting + I should like to have shown you Baby.

We are in the midst of a burst of tea parties + have asked some people to dinner at the Savory Triplet as our presnt cook is so no good + leaves on Sat We've had rotten luck with servants this year, I do hope the new cook + ayah [word for nursemaid] will be decent + stay for I'm sick of changing.

Hoping you have enjoyed India + will have a good journey home.

Yours affectly

Jean R Cluffe

From West Lynne (perhaps Lyzune), Missoorie (alt spelling of Mussoorie, India.

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