Photocopy of letter. Written from 39 Clarence Square, Cheltenham
Complains of the cold which is even worse than the winter of 1894/5 when she was at Balham. She has no friends at Cheltenham, but in a curious way has a feeling of companionship both in being near Eva's grave and Aunt Fanny's and in having so many old associations round her; Aunt Eliza and her school; Edith (daughter) married there; Constance Baldwin (a second daughter) lived near at East Hayes; Jack Grey (son of George Annett Grey, JB's brother) and his athletic feats at Cheltenham College. Describes a visit she made with Charles and his wife Margaret, and their little girl, Rosalind to see Eva's grave. Has heard from Stuart and George about the Trinity College wedding (Montagu Butler became Master of Trinity College, Cambridge in 1886] ['It was a great crush and Stuart could hardly get a word with George.]
The second part of the letter is concerned with politics; the merits of Lord Rosebery's speech and the varying opinions about it including the Radicals who in spite of their pro-Boer views acclaim it as a 'truly statesmanlike speech'. The reason for this, she thinks is simply their hatred of Chamberlain.
Her sympathies with George trying to keep cheerful through these anniversaries [his wife died 26 Apr 1901, leaving him with three children the baby born on 18 Mar 1901]