To Jessie from Harry Redgrave



To Jessie from Harry Redgrave


A two-page hand written letter from Harry Redgrave to his wife Jessie. He writes about borrowing money to pay for laundry and cigarettes and asks her to send his mathematics book.




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Two handwritten sheets


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[RAF Crest]
Bexhill on Sea
Thursday 30.11.39
Dear Jessie,
Was glad to hear you have payed[sic] the Abbey Road and I am writing to them this weekend about us paying the extra seven and threepence a month. Tomorrows pay day so I shall be sending you a Pound tomorrow to last you the fortnight. Its [sic] been quite amusing here over paying for our laundry. As I told you yesterday I had borrowed two shillings and by dinner time today had eleven pence left. My laundry came to fourpence and then I met Mount and he was broke so I had to lend him fourpence to pay for his this left me with threepence and [deleted] now [/deleted] no [deleted] ga [/deleted] cigarettes. Then we had some luck. Mount had fifty Players [smudged] sent [/smudged] him and so I payed [sic] [deleted] his [/deleted] him threepence and had ten fags. That’s [sic] how things are by pay day.
We are doing a lot of Maths and some of us
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[RAF Crest]
find it wants a lot of recalling so will you send on to me my Works of Mathematics Part 1. and that red exercise book that has a lot or workings in. We stopped in this evening doing Algebra and Morse. Some voluntary homework.
The Russians have shown themselves up in their true colours haven't they. I wonder whether [Correction. Was: weather] it means any widening of our conflict. I hope not we have quite enough to do as it is. Still no good worrying. I suppose we shall [deleted] won [/deleted] one day be back together again for good.
Give my love to all and remain assured of mine always
Harry xxxxx

P.S. Post those books at the first opportunity. thank you.


Harry Redgrave, “To Jessie from Harry Redgrave,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed April 14, 2024,

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