From Jeanne La Néele to Léonie Martin - April 11, 1892.

From Jeanne La Néele to Léonie Martin - April 11, 1892. 

11th April 1892.

Dear little Léonie,

Everyone has wished you a happy feast day and my letter will arrive once the celebration is over. There are so many Leos that it’s easy to become lost and I never know which one is yours. I’m counting on your indulgence, my dear Léonie, to forgive me. I therefore hope that you are willing to receive my wishes, which come from a heart that’s full of affection for you. I would like to be able to offer you a flower and join with the [lv°] whole family in expressing all my wishes to you in person. If I was a little bird, I would fly to you and sing you my prettiest song, but I have no wings, and so we will have to postpone both kisses and songs until next week.

This morning I received a letter from my dear Mother asking for news of Francis. He is much better today, he has resumed his visits and consultations to the great delight of his customers who, during his lumbago, proved intrepid and tried to force the door open to reach him. I was forced to take a few people up to him and then take messages from the others who recounted their troubles to me so that I could tell them to my husband. All that is over and I’m making preparations for the wedding (of Henri Maudelonde on 20th April 1892. The story about Céline’s failed dance attempt refers to this occasion - Ms. A, 82 r°), so that all of you can be here. [2r°] Would you mind asking Mama what hairstyle she has decided upon?

Secondly I don’t know whether little Marie would be useful on Wednesday morning helping everyone dress? I would have her sleep at Mrs. Mouton’s for she has a spare bed, as Mr. Mouton is leaving tomorrow.

I went to the milliner’s for my hats; I chose a type of very small cap which suits me quite well. It will be in off-white and gold lace with white and gold straps and a bouquet of pink flowers and buttercups. I would have liked you to have been with me, my dear Léonie; you or Mama or my little sisters, but I’m relying on Miss Huet who has good taste. For the second hat, I chose a little cap (was I right to do so?) with bows of red and black ribbon. I found it so refined that I let myself be tempted. But for this second hat, there is still time to change; she won’t begin it until next week.

We had Henry to lunch on Saturday. In the conversation he told me he had received a second fish service, and that he couldn’t ask the people who had offered him this present to change it. He told me he greatly regretted it, because ours was much more beautiful. But I could tell that he would be pleased if we changed it. So I went to Dalibon’s, and bought 5 or 6 items for 70 francs, I requested her to take them to Mrs. Asseline’s house, and enclosed a little note. Yesterday the ladies came to thank me; they chose a service for sweets and little cakes. They have so many gifts that nobody knows what else to offer them.

Farewell, my dear Léonie, I send you thousands and thousands of kisses and my love.

Your little sister,

Jeanne La Néele.

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