London: It was certainly a letter from the distant past, when a British woman received a note, addressed to a man who used to live in her home in 90 years ago.
The letter was an RSVP note to a party hosted by a Percy Bateman and his partner Grace. It was sent by a friend called Buffy in 1919.
Lost on its way, the letter made it to the door of Jane Barrett, who had no idea of the previous inhabitants of her house.
Thus, she issued an appeal for any relatives to come forward to solve the mystery.
And now, Bateman``s 85-year-old daughter, Stella Pontin, has revealed that the letter was a reply to her father Percy by family friend Charles Babington, known as Buffy.
In 1919 Percy Bateman and his girlfriend Grace Stewart hosted a Boxing Day gathering at their home at 22 Abbotsbury Road, Weymouth.
According to The Telegraph, the RSVP, which was posted on November 29, stated: `Dear Percy, Many thanks for the invitation, be delighted. See you on the 26th December. Regards Buffy.Ã‚Â”
However, it never made it to its destination and had been lost for the last eight decades and reached its destination, which is now a guesthouse owned by Barrett.
The letter was posted in a plastic bag with a note from the Royal Mail apologising for any delay.
And now, Barrett, 56, has finally handed it over to Pontin, who still lives in Weymouth.
Barrett said: `It is a mystery as to where the letter has been all these years but at least we now know who the people in it were. It is very interesting to find out a bit of history about my guesthouse and the people who lived here.`
Image: The local postman struggles with parcels collected from the historic Lacock Village Stores and Post Office on Dec 15, 2008 in Lacock, United Kingdom. Image copyright Getty. Unauthorised reproduction prohibited.