Letter to David Donaldson from his wife



Letter to David Donaldson from his wife


Hoping he has a happy Christmas. Catches up with family news and daughter's antics in the run up to Christmas. She is keeping all the Christmas letters and presents to show David when he comes on leave. She writes of Christmas tree and a stocking for Frances. Mr Smith who provided the Christmas orange was the the gardener at the Elms.





Three page handwritten letter


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42 Peartree Avenue
22nd December
Dear David.
I hope you can have a happy Christmas and I am very sorry I have nothing to send you. Considering your Aunt Mabel has sent us all presents & made Frances an iced Christmas cake I cannot really make the excuse that I am too busy because Mabel is a much busier woman than I am.
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I am enclosing your Christmas letters & [deleted] we [/deleted] I will let you see all the numerous Christmas letters an presents for Frances when you come on leave.
Your mother has got her a Christmas tree & put in the drawing room. Frances has already taken off the decorations once & brought them to us to show how “pretty” they are. It is a tree planted in a pot (not a little one) She will have a stocking & Mr Smith has given her an orange for the toe. It will have to be one of your football socks
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because I am like the joke in Punch this week [character deleted] except of course for silk stockings which are far too good for Christmas stockings.
I am longing for your leave.
With lots & lots of love from us both.
Joyce. XXX
Frances is really very like you she utterly refuses to write letters.



J Donaldson, “Letter to David Donaldson from his wife,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed July 17, 2024, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/14950.

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