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From Mme Guérin to Mme Martin - January 9, 1869.

From Mme Guérin to Mme Martin - January 9, 1869.

                  Dear Sister,

Forgive me for not replying sooner to your lovely letter and to that of your charming little girls. You informed us that our dear sister in Le Mans is in a poor condition. We didn’t know anything about it even though she had written to us the day before. We are very worried for her, because she is very ill each winter. Today we received a letter in which she says she is much better and that her condition is nothing to worry about. But she looks after herself so little, and worries so little when she is ill that we don’t dare believe too much of what she says. I hope however she will gradually [l v°] recover now. We received the pretty little letters from Marie and Pauline. We had already received two that their Aunt sent us. We found them charming. Marie writes just like a big girl and it would be difficult to find a Spelling mistake in her letters. As for Pauline her letters are very kind. They are full of naivety. You can tell she writes what she thinks and that she has a good little heart. They are very kind children and we were very glad to receive their regards. I sent my little letter to them in Le Mans yesterday, because I know they will have gone back now. You were very fortunate to see them again and find them so amiable. I can just imagine the dear little girls’ joy at seeing you again and being home. Now they have gone back until Easter probably. I won’t urge you to bring them at that time [2 r°] because I know it won’t be possible due to the event you are expecting at about that time. But during the long holidays they must come and see where their uncle and aunt from Lisieux live. And you, how are you? Are you in perfect health? You didn’t mention Hélène. It seems she has been ill. It was our sister in Le Mans who informed us. She told us she had had the measles and that she had sorely suffered.

We are all well. Our little Jeanne has just had a bad cold but she is very well now. She makes new faces every day she is worryingly lively, for at times she would wriggle free of you if you didn’t hold her firmly. She is becoming tiring to carry for she always wants to be on the ground and of course she cannot stand up on her own (the baby was eleven months old) I can assure you I’m yearning to [2v°] see her walk on her own. Everyone tells me it will be just as tiring for me but I don’t mind. She is always very nice. You only have to show her something for her to try and do it immediately. So for a while now she has been practicing clicking her fingers. She does it so nicely, I would even say so gracefully, that it surprises everyone. She understands practically everything. You can see that we are still crazy about our little Jeanne. My husband is going to a lot of trouble over his pharmacy. It is giving him a lot of hassle. However, the worst isn’t over. When the workers come into the house it will be very inconvenient for us, I would very much like for everything to be finished so that I can relax afterwards. I assure you I am worried about how we are going to cope for two months. Well, it will only be for a while.

Farewell, dear sister, I send all my love to you and your little girls. Please pass on my love to Mr. Martin.

Your wholly devoted sister.

C. Guérin.

[2v°tv] I thank you for the trouble you have already gone to in finding us a maid. At the moment things are going quite well however there is much to fault, but I am bearing with her. I had several difficulties with Irma, at the moment I am more pleased with her. If it had continued I would certainly not have kept her.

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