April 29 / 17
My Dear Betty:
Well my dear I am going to write in a hurry this time, I have just got out of quarantine, & I want to get out & take advantage of the beautiful weather & see some of the beauty spots arround which I have not yet had much chance to visit - I have borrowed a camera (post-card sized) & am going to try & get some snaps first hand which I know you will be pleased to have, I'll have the films developed here, & you can get other prints from them there. I got 3 letters from you yesterday (Saturday) No's 16-17-18 Am glad you've got some one staying with you again, & sorry you have had such a scare about burglers - but I don't think they will molest you. I was out with Serg't McLord yesterday & visited several places of great beauty & interest I also mailed cards which will illustrate the places we took in, in our tour. We went round by Greyshott Village & on to the Devil's Punch Bowl pictures of which you have got or will get - we climbed up to "Gibbet's Cross" where the 3 murderers of the "unknown sailor" 130 years ago were hung in chains - I have sent cards illustrating [?] From Gilbbets Cross we get one of the most magnificent views it have been my [?] to see - we can look out into 8 countries words cannot describe the beauty & grandeur of it all. From there we went to Haslemere & visited old St Bartholomew's Church, over 300 years old it is & well preserved. Tennyson & other celebrities attended here, & I sat in the Poets pew & wrote on a postcard view of his home, a description etc of tablet & a beautiful stained glass window erected to his memory by friends & neighbours. It was very interesting wandering through the old church yard - reading inscriptions etc on tombs 2 & 3 hundred years old. I also saw the tomb or grave of Prof Tyndall it is a rough mound of earth in shape of a horseshoe overgrown with brambles etc - it looks very quaint & I am going to try & get a snapshot of it to day I have 2 small books - one "Zeus from Tennyson" & the other a very good Biography of the Poet which I am going to send you as a momento etc of the [?] I have visited connected with him & about all the 3rd of May 7 years ago God bless you my dear, & give you many happy years & may he grant us both years of true happiness & peace together with our darling children. We are having beautiful weather here now for which we are very glad. I heard the cuckoo for the first time the other evening. I just had a letter from Maggie Flett this morning which I shall try & answer soon, also I had a parcel from Bella, that about 8 parcels which she has sent sence I have been quarantined.
I hope you get the the cards O.K. which I am mailing now, there will be 2 lots addressed to Shirley & 2 to Billy & one with this letter to yourself. The one in Shirley's of "Tennyson House" is for you. I must close now as they are waiting for me to go will try & write again by this same mail. Fond - fond love to you all dear Betty - God continue to keep you & bless you. With my heart dear love & lots of kisses
P.S. I had an invitation to Lady Tollemacke for yesterday but did not go.