Letter from John Valentine to his wife Ursula



Letter from John Valentine to his wife Ursula


Short letter to include in parcel to her. Thanks for her for parcel and socks. Has letter from his father, describes what he says including that arrangements for her and baby best left to them. Repeats arguments for her coming to Aberystwyth. Notes cheap travel for wives. Concludes with comment son weather.



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Two page handwritten l;etter


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1251404 AC2 Valentine John
D Flight 1 Squadron
Queens Hotel,

Friday 10/1/41

Darling Ursula, Just a line or two to include with the small parcel. Your package arrived today. Many thanks for the socks, I ought to be fully provided now for any emergency. I had a letter today from my Father so everything is OK. His letter touched on several points of more or less general interest & he said that as far as arrangements for you & the baby were concerned we were the best judges of our own affairs. He did add a little hint though which I heartily endorse since it contains my sentiments very exactly. Here is what he said “....having had a lot of experience, that humans are not like other animals in these matter, and, especially with the first born, the mother needs every pre-natal care that she can get, ie. Care & advice of a doctor & all arrangements for the job itself. Anything can happen after 7 months” I do want you to come here soon, fix things up with doctor at home & just pamper yourself for the remaining month or two. Have done with Air Raids, warnings, watchings for incendiary bombs, dislocating your normal routine to fit in with Barbara. Have two months relaxation, quiet, healthy sea air & bring baby into the world without any trouble. We are both painfully inexperienced so let us play for safety especially when external influences are so likely to upset you as violently if you stay where you are. I had heard about cheap travel for wives & will do the necessary when I know that you are definitely coming. By all means bring Jane & I will do my best to get digs to which she will be no bar. Glad to know that you have thawed without trouble. We have had no snow here but it is still very cold although the glorious weather is some compensation. If you come, you must promise not to hold my arm in the town. So strict is it here that one bloke got 5 days CB for such an offence. It is considered to be behaviour unbecoming to a cadet of the RAF. Will stop now, dearie. Tomorrow I hope to hear that you are going to join me soon. Come quickly, love (squared) John
PS May I have another pair of pyjamas at your convenience



John Ross Mckenzie Valentine, “Letter from John Valentine to his wife Ursula ,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed October 1, 2023, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/19170.

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