Letter from Norman Donaldson to his mother



Letter from Norman Donaldson to his mother


Written from school; mentions limit on letters and censor. Goes on to describe recent activities.




Three page handwritten letter


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[Charterhouse crest] [Address deleted]
Dear Mama,
There being absolutely nothing else to do at all, you may get a reasonably long letter from me for once - especially as we are only allowed to write three; the censor will also have a lot of waffle to wade through, but I have a fellow-feeling for him, as I look like being let in for a spot of it myself' I've gazed my fill at the surrounding countryside, as I feel that I may as well do so while there is some countryside to look at. The gulls have already begun to pall; besides, they are much more evil-looking than the ones you watch
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from the floating-bridge. If we had enough ammunition, they would make excellent revolver practice, but then someone would probably pot & albatross and ruin everything. The ship is “dry” (unless you call ginger ale “wet”), which needless to say has not gone down at all well.
I had a very pleasant train journey; the first thing that happened when I arrived was that a Security Officer rushed me into a canteen & proceeded to hack off your bea[inserted]u[/inserted]tiful green shoulder-flashes with a penknife. I may say that he commented not once but many times on the excellent shewing [sic].
They've just done the dirty on us and called in all mail, so this
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is not so long as I expected. Will you thank the Aunts very much for putting me up; I'll cable to you when I get somewhere. Till then, lots of love.
[underlined] Norman [/underlined]



Norman Donaldson, “Letter from Norman Donaldson to his mother,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed February 26, 2024, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/14908.

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