Correspondence from Rawdon Reilly to his sister Emma Pinckney nee Reilly, 21 January 1894
Rawdon asks for news of Kathleen's wedding and cannot believe she was married before her sister Ada. It is most glorious weather at the moment and Rawdon wishes he could stay up at night for a shoot but it is still slightly too cold. He shot a buck the other day and they had venison to eat. He has heard from Lewis frequently; he is living in a tent in Bombay (Mumbai) rather than a house as it is much cheaper. They are going to try to come home together next June. He thinks it is a pity that the Wiltshire girls cannot get down to Bath as its a place of fun and engagements. Rawdon thinks he is getting too old for that sort of thing (41 last birthday). He would not do what a lot of officers do when they turn 40 - marry a trademan's daughter just for the coin.