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Frank Leward: Memorials

Mrs. Leward to Bampton

page 344

Mrs. Leward to Bampton.

Lansdown Crescent, Cheltenham, June 15, 1861.

Dear Mr. Bampton. A thousand thousand congratulations. When your telegram came, Mabel and I couldn't let the servant go to the door we were on the watch for it and rushed down ourselves to get it and tore it open. We were delighted at your splendid success and only wish we could have been there waving at you when you made your speech after you were declared elected.

We liked your speech very much so does every one here we have spoken to about it. Thank you very much for all your kind attention to my affairs. I don't know how you could have found time to think about them in the midst of all your work and excitement.

Now I suppose the time has come for us to part with Herbert. It is better he should leave the care of women, and there is no one so noble and true I could entrust him to as the one to whom he is going. Whatever I may suffer I shall take as a punishment for my great fault.

Please will you come yourself for him. We would rather you than anyone else should come to take away our boy. Both Mabel and I particularly wish you to come.

Will you come on Saturday in the morning. We shall be quite ready. You shall see how brave we can be.—I am dear Mr. Bampton, yours very sincerely

Mabel Leward.