Letter from Douglas Hudson in Médéa to parents



Letter from Douglas Hudson in Médéa to parents


Writes a lot about mail received and sent and options for post. States that air mail is best despite expense. Discusses weather, climate and the local countryside. Mentions his French language problems.



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Two page handwritten letter


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R.A.F. 755052. Sgt. Chef. J. D. Hudson.
Camp de Liberté Surveillé.
Hotel d’Orient.
Algerie. Afrique du Nord.
My Dear Mother & Dad,
Today I am very pleased to have received four letters from you dated Feb. 23rd. March 2nd. April 11th and April 14th. The latter two written during Easter week-end came via Air Mail for 4d, so you will see what a terrific difference the Air Mail service makes. For a long time now I have been writing to you via Air Mail but I am afraid that it takes much longer from Africa, than from England. I am hoping that letters will not take so long from here as from Kef. The day before yesterday I sent you a cable & asked you for a reply. Replies have been received here within 48 hours of [inserted] [indecipherable word] [/inserted] despatch [inserted] from here. [/inserted] This I hope will give you up to date news of me, but unfortunately on account of the terrific expense (perhaps I should say comparative terrific expense – for [underlined] air [/underlined] packets) I cannot manage to repeat this, at least for some time. However, I am all right, & quite safe here, & I know you now understand the uncertainty of deliveries of mail so you will not worry on my behalf. I shall write to you about every 5 days. I did not hear the Sandy Macpherson record because I have not been able to hear any broadcast since last October – what a pity I missed “a Brownbird”. However I have plenty of news from you now – your
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cables (two) have been received, & I know all about your changes of addresses. You do appear to have had a sever winter, but I think N. Africa has too. The weather now is typical English May. It has rained all day to-day. I believe up here in the mountains the really hot weather is during July – August & September. It was terrifically hot when we arrived here last year; there wasn’t a blade of grass anywhere & the flies, I have never seen anything like them. So far this year there are none at all, & the country here is beautifully green. You mention the Easters we have known in the past. Yes I shall not forget them & the memories. I hope I shall not spend any more Easters here. Yes I heard from you some time ago that you sold my bike. It was the best thing to do. You & E.W.T. are the only people from whom I receive letters nowadays. Just at first there was an inundation from “tout le monde” (everybody) but it was a nine days wonder. You know I can go anywhere with my French, but I cannot understand the French films at all, neither can I understand the wireless (Yes we have the wireless here, at Médéa) It is O.K. talking to the actual people, but mechanical voice reproduction leaves me cold. I expect when I get back to England I shall be automatically coming out with French phrases for a little while. We get so used to greeting people. Shake hands all round when we say “How do you do” & again when we say “good-bye”. Don’t know whether we are coming or going. Well here is the bottom of the page. Here is my usual wish – that the future may be a much happier one, & that everything will go more smoothly for you, re. everything. I send you all my love, & hope you will keep well & safe.
[underlined] Douglas [/underlined]



James Douglas Hudson, “Letter from Douglas Hudson in Médéa to parents,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed May 21, 2024, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/10881.

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