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Case 8587

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Kensington Palace,
November 24th, 1909.

Dear Madam,

I am very glad to have your letter about E. as only last week Canon P. was discussing the case with me. He feels that he cannot be responsible for her after next March, when she will be seventeen. The fact of the matter is E's people do not appreciate all that has been done for her, and only pay 1/- a week towards her keep. Her mother is very anxious to have her home, and I hear the girl wants to come. As regards the apprenticeship, I have made enquiries, and see what Miss Redgrove and Miss Kennedy think about the matter. I think if it could be managed it would be a splendid thing for E. How far can she walk? If she came home and was apprenticed to a dressmaker in Kensington, I wonder if she could walk backwards and forwards. The Mews where her parents live is about a quarter of a mile away from the shops in High Street. I am not sure if you Society apprentice girls, if the money is forthcoming. I hope that E. may be able to remain with you until the worst of the Winder is over, and also in the Spring there would be more chance of her getting work. I am so glad you think she will be good at dress-making. Please let me hear about the walking, etc., as I shall have to consult the Vicar and Miss Redgrove.

Yours truly,
(sgd.) B.

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