to dearest Lottie from Walter ...
Isn't it amazing what you can find tucked away inside of an old book bought from a jumble sale? A few year's back I discovered this letter which was written to Lottie from Walter in 1877!
We arrived at Great Missenden at 4 o’clock. We got into High Wickham about 12 o’clock. Waited till about three, could not see anything of Uncle or Cousin, so started off to walk and found when we got there that they had gone to Aylesbury Fair.
Saturday we had a long walk through the wood and different parts of the farm.
In the evening we drove down to Great Missenden with Uncle to the school of which you have heard from Father, you may be sure we had plenty of broad language.
Will you send down the paper with the account of the execution of the Penge Murderers, and receive lots of kisses for so doing when I come back.
Uncle says that we are to stay a month, but of course Love I shant think of that. I expect that he will make us stay the week at his place.
But I shall let you know when we are coming home. Edwin wants to walk home, but I expect we shall have had enough walking around here.
You will write to me Love and let me know how you are getting on.
Darling you must excuse bad writing I got such a wretch of a pen.
Darling accept my best love and believe me,
yours till death
I would like to visit Little Missenden, as I would be interested to know if Afwicks Farm still exists to this day. I have searched on the internet without any luck. I do know that shortly after this letter was written, in the census year of 1881, the recorded population of Little Missenden was 1113.