Letter from T.H. Barker to his wife Mary, 17 December 1903
|Title:||Letter from T.H. Barker to his wife Mary, 17 December 1903|
|Parent item:||Collection of letters from T.H. Barker to his wife Mary (sort key: 6)|
|Author:||Thomas Henry Barker|
|Format and extent:||4 pages on 1 (folded) leaf|
|License:||This work is free of known copyright restrictions.|
7. Malaya Demetroska[?]
17th Decr. 1903
My dearest Mary,
I am unfortunately at Moscow still & the above address is Mr Cooke's, British Consl Agent, where I am supping prior to leaving by 9.30pm on Cours[?] Train for St Petersburg. Last night when driving to the Nicholai Station, I lost my valise, containing dress suit, opera glass & all my little curiosities & ?curios gathered up since I left Montdon. I ordered at the hotel 2 droskys for self & baggage, but the baggage man stowed the whole in one droshky & covered some of the things with the apron. On reaching the station the roads being very rough & without snow, the jolting had caused the valise to slip out. I was exasperated, & thinking for the moment that the valise had been left at Hotel, I ordered the man to drive back & missed the train. It was all owing to the carelessness of the hotel man, who should have strapped the valise in. Whether I shall ever get it again is an unsolved problem, but the British Consul & others are writing the Chief of Police & if it is returned to any of the police stations (it bore my name Thos H Barker) a proportion of its value will have to be given as a reward, & after the legal ceremonies have been fulfilled, it will be forwarded to me. In the meantime I must go on, even without a collar, to St Petersburg, & leave the matter in the hands of the Consul, a Mr Cooke. I am more grieved at the loss of the curios than of the clothes, altho' that is a heavy loss. I had fotunately my new frock coat & vest on, but my best trousers were with the suit, some shirts & a number of other things. You may imagine how it has upset me & the Cooke's, brother and sister, also.
I do not suppose I shall ever see it again, as there are said to be more dishonest than honest Russians, notwithstanding they are so religious. It is most unfortunate after such careful & successful progress & for the time has destroyed all pleasure. I was anticipating how much you would all be interested in the curios & knicknacks. I had about 160 ? & the portraits of Broker?Drobar? & the Director. I had put more things in the valise as I had carefully packed it for Petersburg & the home journey. The man slipped the things in while I was speaking to the hall porter otherwise I should have seen the valise was not secure, & the apron hid the deficiency.
I have not time for more. Thank God I am well & must not cry over spilt milk. I have had fair wear out of the dress suit, but it would have been good for a year or two.
Trusting this will find you all well, & that you will see me shortly after you receive this.
Your ever affect. Husband
36 Judges Drive Newsham Park
PS Cooke has written in Russ to Omsk, asking them to return letters to England. I hope to leave P'burg on Saturday.