Letter from John Valentine to his wife Ursula

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Title

Letter from John Valentine to his wife Ursula

Description

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

Date

1940-12-28

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Language

Format

Two page handwritten letter

Publisher

IBCC Digital Archive

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Identifier

EValentineJRMValentineUM401228-01

Transcription


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28/12/40
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.

Collection

Citation

John Ross Mckenzie Valentine, “Letter from John Valentine to his wife Ursula,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed February 7, 2023, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/19158.

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