Letter from Douglas Hudson in Médéa to parents



Letter from Douglas Hudson in Médéa to parents


Writes of letters received from them and other relations. Discusses mail situation. Discusses their new house and talks a little of life in his new situation.



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Royal Air Force. 755052 Sgt. Chef. J. D. Hudson.
Camp de Liberté Surveillé.
Hotel d’Orient.
MÉDÉA Algerie
Afrique du Nord.
My Dear Mother & Dad,
Since I wrote to you last week I have received your Air Mail letters dated April 17th & 22nd, your cables dated May 15th & May 19th, a cable from Uncle Jim dated May 19th, & one from Uncle Walter & Auntie Una dated May 20th also a letter each from Miss Law & Hildred, by ordinary mail written in Feb & early March. First of all let me thank you for your birthday wishes in letters & cables, & perhaps when you write you would thank Uncle Jim & Uncle Walter for their wishes by cable. I cannot afford to write to these people separately, my allowance wont [sic] stand up to the cost of postage, & the bulk of my letters I naturally want you to receive. Yesterday I sent a very brief cable to you, in reply to yours & I expect it will be in your hands by now. The telegram service seems splendid but again, unfortunately I cannot afford to cable as a regular thing, my last two efforts were the result of previous economy, but it was more than worth while. Well as a result of cable & air mail letters etc. I am fully conversant with all your recent removals etc. I will hope that now you will be able to stay put & that the future will be more settled. I also hope that the signs of removing will be over & that everything at the new house will be settled. I was glad to learn from your
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cable that the present house is pleasantly situated, & I think it may eventually be better for you, because as you mention you are nearer Skipton & the old acquaintances, & also the country people will probably be very kind. I hope you will make plenty of friends. This is a time when people really should mix as much as possible. I was glad to hear that you had managed to sell the house at Kersal. In a way of course I was sorry, If you understand what I mean, but events being such as they are, it was more than advisable. I expect you will have received my previous letters explaining my move here, to what are freer & better conditions, by comparison infinitely better than recent months, but the locality might have been chosen in England. I have had enough of Africa for the time being. It may be all right after the war when there are no restrictions. I dream regularly, at least three nights per week, that I am back at home. Have dreams any real significance? I am glad you enjoyed your stay at Hill Cote which reminds me Dorothy has never written to me. I know it seems one sided, this writing business, but as you will realise I cannot possibly write myself, although I have plenty of time. Tony has plenty of ideas & together we have probably discussed all the problems we can think of, so I imagine we shall not suffer from any mental stagnation. I visualise an extremely full future, & we both consider we are only temporarily becalmed. It will be interesting to wait & see. Well to-day is my birthday & I am still keeping fit & well. I hope you are also, & as usual I [deleted] say [/deleted] will say goodbye with my best wishes to you both.
All my love,
[underlined] Douglas [/underlined]



James Douglas Hudson, “Letter from Douglas Hudson in Médéa to parents,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed April 25, 2024, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/10884.

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