Letter from Malcolm Payne to Doris Weeks



Letter from Malcolm Payne to Doris Weeks


Apologises for not writing but had to go to hospital. Mentioned he had tried to ring her office but she as absent due to tonsillitis for which he offers condolence. Mentions he has not been posted yet but received lots of mail from mother and other acquaintances.




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Six page handwritten letter and envelope


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Miss Doris Weeks,
37 Hawthorne Rd.,
Bunker’s Hill,
[underlined] Lincoln. [/underlined]
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N.B. [symbol]
F/Sgt. Payne M.H.
Kodak House,
[underlined] London W.C.2 [/underlined]
[underlined] 10/5/44 [/underlined]
Hello Darling,
I’m awfully sorry I was unable to write last night darling one and my excuse isn’t because I went out because I didn’t – GIT it? No Pet, I was frightfully busy and I had to go to the hospital for treatment which I forgot to tell you about when I spoke to you last.
If I don’t go ([deleted] wh [/deleted] Damn!!!) it isn’t entered in the book and I would then be slapped smartly on the pegs
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for not attending a parade. That is the reason (and work) I didn’t write you last night.
I rang the office about 5 and some wench told me you had tonsilitis [sic] which aforesaid statement has since been confirmed as being gospel by the receipt of – by me of course – of your two efforts – to write letters.
My sorrow my pigeon, is most acute and my sympathy knows no bounds and knowing what a weak constitution
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thou hast my lovey Dove I am most grieved to think you will be invalided for a considerable period of time. However, a doctor of most usual talent and accuracy (at knife throwing) and – I hasten to assure you – one of the most loveable characters one could wish to meet (gentle pat on back – becoming harder and faster as the music becomes more sloppy and louder – all coming over the wireless as an afterthought)
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has come to my notice and it is my desire and intentions to send “quicker’n bloody ‘ell” to your bedside – poor mite – this MOST remarkable, kindly, gentle, caressing, soothing, lovable old quack whose name is – “ladies and gents Malcolm – Henry – Payne.
Let’s get serious darling Angel. I was awfully sorry to hear you were ailing Pet.
Please get better soon won’t you. I go and get a dose 3 times daily and I believe
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I’m feeling slightly better for it all.
They haven’t posted us yet but I think it will come off by tomorrow. Send any letters to the above address won’t you sweet and they’ll reach me after only a couple of days.
What do you think Pet. Bud got his Commission today and is he pleased with “hisself”.
I got bags of mail yesterday from mother and a couple of cables back which I sent a
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week ago. They have suspended the service.
Today I recd. two from you – one from Rosemary? one from another girl, one from her brother and one from my brother.
Wizzo what. And I’ve answered all of them. I reckon it’s pretty good going.
I didn’t tell you why I didn’t come in tonight did I. Work it out darling.
This is all for now my darling. Night Night.
All my very best of best love darling
Ever yours



Malcolm Payne, “Letter from Malcolm Payne to Doris Weeks,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed March 22, 2023, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/10593.

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