The following is a letter from Marianne LeNeveu (Ahier) to her daughter, Ada Louise Ahier (Wickenden). The May who is referred to is Marianne Montbrun Ahier, Ada's oldest sister (Marianne's daughter). For the full family relationship have a look at the Ahier Page.
Saturday, June 16th, 1894
My dear Ada,
Your letter gave me much pleasure, I was so glad to see that you are well. I trust you will continue so and that the dear children's cold will all disappear as the weather improves. It has really been so treacherous, it is no wonder that it makes people ill.
I am so sorry that Robert suffers from toothache, tell him de ma part that the best remedy is a thorough weeding. I had my teeth extracted and replaced twenty three years ago and have never regretted it. Of course science has made progress since then and that as well has many things is more perfect and less painful.
I am delighted that his work has been so highly approved of by the salon. Je 1'en felicite de tout mon coeur. I returned from London on Sunday, having made a stay of nearly 4 weeks. May was most kind taking me wherever it was possible. I enjoyed it immensely, though it was wet and stormy and very cold. On the first Saturday we went off to Windsor until the Monday. It was grand, the fine old castles, the queen and royal family all the nobility were there and above all the splendid parks and trees, well if I had seen nothing else I would not complain.
In London we went to Academy, to the Kennington Museum, to the Guild hall, where there is a splendid town Exhibition. I thought of Robert calling London one of the art centres. It is so indeed. We were to go to other exhibitions but our time was shortened by May being called away to Bares to her next case ( though it has not yet come off ) but the lady is very nervous and as her two first were born when the nurse arrived, she would not risk it this time.
May is there for two weeks at two guineas a week. I was invited to spend a day there. It is a lovely spot. Mrs. Bliss was charming and very kindly gave me a photo of the Villa. We visited M. Tussaud's wax works. I had no idea that it was so fine. Then we went to 5 theatres some where royalty were present. We went to Olympia and saw Constantinople. It's just indescribable. I got the catalogue of every p1ace as souvenir and reminder.
But I must not try your patience with my descriptions as it is almost time for me to go take this to the boat. I will just say that I will probably return next year as there is a cataract forming on my good eye and it will have to be operated. I had it examined by four surgeons at the Great Northern hospital and by Dr. Wilson who is May's doctor. You know dear Ada there is nothing to be alarmed at. It is neither a long or painful operation. I only wish poor Esther had nothing worse the matter with her.
The doctors say I have a splendid constitution, wonderful at my age so it would be a pity to be blind if I am spared to a good old age. I enjoyed the voyage immensely as I am not seasick and the railway agrees with me. I hope to hear from you soon again. Kiss the dear little ones many times for me and all here. Miss Marie embrasse Alfred bien de fois. Les demoiselles Mourand aussi. Do you think you will be able to come to Jersey this summer? I do long to see you all. Love from Henry, Esther and the children. The same and double from your own,