The letter is undated but possibly Friday 7th September 1894
R.M. S.S. “Nile”
Friday 2 pm
My dear Mother,
Just rcvd. your welcome wire. Many thanks. I have a good cabin & a pleasant mate. Everything has gone well so far. I shall write you from Lisbon. You may expect a letter about Thursday, then no more for about 5 weeks.
There are several nice old acquaintances on board, besides officers I know, & I shall be all right.
It is a lovely day. Our voyage begins well.
c/o John Eggers
I purpose writing to Julie & the Pater from Lisbon.
- I wonder if this is the start of his trip to Brazil of September 1894 to August 1895. That trip started with a letter dated 8th September 1894 from the Bay of Biscay and written from S.S. Nile. The 8th September 1894 was a Saturday and this note was written at 2 pm on a Friday (no date). How long would a steamer have taken from Southampton to the Bay of Biscay in those days? 24 hours is long enough I think . . . so I believe this letter was written on 7th September 1894 ↵
- Their agent in Bahia. See Index to People. ↵