July 4th 1853
My Dearest Boo
It seems so long since I last saw you! I understand that domestic bliss is a perfectly acceptable reason for social inactivity – please do not think I blame you for our distance. But it is true that domestic upheaval can have a similar effect and I so need to ask your advice!
Villiers has given notice to leave us and Josiah is refusing to ask him to stay. I am at my wits’ end with the stubbornness of the males in my household. I simply cannot countenance life without Villiers. Please let me call upon you at your earliest convenience so that you can tell me what on earth I must do – you are so clever at knowing how to handle my husband.
Love to LB and A,