- 27 Dec. 1897 (Creation)
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Muzaffarpur.—Sends birthday greetings, and refers to the receipt of a parcel containing cards to himself and to his Christmas dinner with the Collector. Discusses his future movements.
Dec 27. 97
My dear Ellen.
I write this on your birthday, wishing you many happy returns. I wonder whether you are having a bright sunny day; here we have delightful weather. It is just like a very fine English September, but somewhat warmer in the middle of the day. We have some capital games of lawn tennis from 3 to 5.
Possibly you may not know, or be able to find this place on a map because it is spelt all kinds of ways; in that case look North West from Calcutta & you will come to Patna & a little North you will see this.
A fine budget arrived here Xmas eve forwarded on from Nellore containing among others Xmas & birthday cards from Mother yourself & Carry; I think but for the insertion of “birthday” it would have quite escaped my remembrance that I had such a thing coming off at all, & I should have reached the mature age of 26 without ever becoming aquainted† with the fact.
I have now definitely made up my mind to stop in India till I go to Australia; this I have arranged because Booty very much prefers my coming to him at the end of February & wants me to go round some Islands with him, & this will probably take 3 or 4 weeks.
Please address all letters after you receive this (and it is really much the best plan for any one travelling to India because in this way no time is wasted) | to c/o Thos Cook & Son | Bombay; | & I will keep them posted up in my whereabouts & they will forward letters on.
There are quite a number of people in this station & we have a lovely time.
On Xmas day we went & dined with the Collector (I am not sure whether you will have got used to this term yet; it means the chief Magistrate, a post to which Campbell & Adie will probably attain in about 10 years) & his wife & had a pleasant little party of 14; this evening we are going to a small dance there.
With thanks for all your good wishes
Ever your aff[ectiona]te Brother
Fredk W Lawrence
I shall probably leave here about Jany 3 or 4 & go to Calcutta, & spend 10 days there. For the eclipse I shall join a party somewhere near Benares; I am not sure yet of the place; Campbell is going there with Michy Smith the Madras Astronomer, & I shall possibly meet Dr Common, & I fancy Christie.
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- Davies, Ellen Mary (1860–1904), sister of Lord Pethick-Lawrence (Subject)
- Booty, Percy Abbey (1873–1939), civil servant in India (Subject)
- Campbell, Sir Archibald Young Gipps (1872–1957), knight, civil servant in India (Subject)
- Adie, Walter Sibbald (1872–1956), civil servant in India (Subject)
- Smith, Charles Michie (1854–1922), astronomer (Subject)
- Common, Andrew Ainslie (1841–1903), astronomer and astronomical photographer (Subject)
- Christie, Sir William Henry Mahoney (1845–1922), knight, astronomer (Subject)
- Jones, Caroline Aspland (1865–1937), sister of Lord Pethick-Lawrence (Subject)