Letter, to Patty Webb from Dora
Webb, Dora Elizabeth
16 Jan 1885
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In the letter Dora tells her mother that Papa (Anthony Spur Webb) said they could have a holiday today to use their new gifts. They played tennis but Dora could not use her new riding whip. They went for a walk along the tramway of Gundries in the bush behind Beales. They had not received a letter from Edmond. In the paper there was an announcement that a ladies school had served up sour milk instead of cream with strawberries. Did her mother know if it Miss Sheppard's school? She comments on the Bishop's reckless driving. Dora is going with her father to Makotuku the following day and if it does not rain they will finish ironing in the morning. She wants to go early and go down the steep tramway to find some maiden hair ferns. Mrs Rogers has given them some flower slips or cuttings for the garden. Alice wants you to hear the tune from her music box. She finishes by asking her mother to give her love to Miss Stuart and maybe Miss Sheppard if she wants to.
Date, 16 January 1885.