Letter from John Valentine to his wife Ursula



Letter from John Valentine to his wife Ursula


Writes of how much he enjoyed spending a few days with her during Christmas and that he was successful in getting back into camp.



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Two page handwritten letter


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Bloody Early,
(Say 5 am.)
My Darling Ursula,
Just a line or two to add to what I said last night I have loved being with you for Xmas, every minute of your stay. Thank you, my dearest, for every single one of your little kindnesses. I cannot say often enough how deeply I appreciate everything you brought or sent to me, each article whether large or small being a token of your love & affection.
As to what I told you last night, I can’t tell you yet whether I am, on balance, glad or not. The feeling of shame & guilt is so strong that that of relief is still
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overshadowed by it. However my conscience is a lot clearer & if you can [underlined] honestly [/underlined] say that your opinion of me is [underlined] completely [/underlined] unaffected I shall feel a lot happier.
I managed to get back without being spotted by the guard who was prowling about the house somewhere when I walked in. I have had very little sleep for my thoughts kept on worrying me after I had settled down. We are now going for breakfast so goodbye you darling. I love you for everything you have done for me during these few glorious days.
Hope your cold improves dearest - let me know how it goes
Love for ever



John Ross Mckenzie Valentine, “Letter from John Valentine to his wife Ursula,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed May 29, 2024, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/19158.

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