9 April 1912 [*]
My Dear Mother,
As this is the last opportunity I will have of writing home for some time am sending this to let you know how I was getting on.
We are just after leaving Cherburgh [sic], after a wild passage across the English Channel.
We have a large crowd of passengers on board, the 1st + 2nd class are just what you would expect but the third class are terrible they include everything from a Christian to a Jew, not excluding Chinese and Japanese with children of all ages.
We are living like princes now, we had lunch at 1o'c[lock], I thought it was [illegible], and we dined at 7 o'c.
I hope when the Atlantic gets a hold of me I won't be sorry I eat so much.
I did not spend a bad Easter, of course, the Monday is the Chief day here. I went to a place called the Common where there was a fancy show, and afterwards I went for a trip into the country.
I like Southampton very much the scenery is beautiful and the town itself is very nice, but it is very old fashioned.
From what I have seen of England I think Ireland is not a bad place after all. Dublin is certainly a more up to date cit[y] in every way than Southampton, which is considered a leading English city.
You might tell Rose to send me a few arrangements for hanging up coats and an unlined pair of brown kid gloves size 8 ¼ or 8 ½. Send them to meet the boat a[t] Southampton.
I think I will now conclude.
P.S. I intended sending you the money tfor the box, but I forgot to get the P.O. [Postal Order] before comming on board. WK.
* The letter is dated 9th April 1912, The Titanic was at Cherbourg on 10th April 1912.