Letter from John Valentine to his wife Ursula

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Title

Letter from John Valentine to his wife Ursula

Description

Number 71-128. Discusses house purchase and that he will endorse any decisions she makes. Mentions financial issues, arrival of books and continuing study of violin.

Date

1943-10-05

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Two page handwritten letter

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Identifier

EValentineJRMValentineUM431005-02

Transcription

From Sgt JRM Valentine
POW No 450

to Mrs U M Valentine,
[deleted] Little close,
Devon Road, Salcombe, Devon [/deleted]

[inserted] Felmersham, Bottrell's Lane, Chalfont St Giles, Bucks [/inserted]

No 128 (71) 5th October 1943
Darling Ursula: My last missive was a card on 25th Sept. I now have yours of 22nd Aug, 2nd Sept but not xx I wonder if you have bought the house at C St Giles. From your description I share your opinion entirely. It's not what we wanted but if you see no other alternative you have my absolute approval should you buy it. The thought of you & Frances homeless worries me a lot. Life isn’t very easy for you, my darling & I can do just nothing to help. You can be sure though that I shall endorse every action of yours & you have my very fondest wishes for success. Having the example of High House before me I’m not banking on your having a home already but eagerly await news. I can’t say how delighted I am to hear that you have had something approaching a holiday but I don’t suppose it was very restful or beneficial. I endorse your wish that I could have one too but alas! I imagine from the figures you give that Inc. Tax is not being charged to my RAF a/c. 2 months ago I ordered all my credit to be paid to you & the weekly allowance to be increased to the maximum. Let me know if & when you get anything. Have had book parcel from ASV (2 by Shaw) & one from Sweden, Rolf AJORKLUND WITTSTOCKSGATAN, 4 Stockholm wish I could send a card to thank him - would you write for me. 2 of the books in his parcel are translations of Swedish books – I much appreciate his kindness. My struggles with fiddle are no better as ever – particularly over the questions of space. I manage to average 3 ½ hrs daily – here & there but I would do much more if I could find a regular haven. I am really going at it with all my might but everything seems to be against me. Kayers studies are a boon & I get a lot of pleasure & instruction from a book you sent months ago. It has an awful title “Old Master for Young Players” (arranged Moffatt, published Schott & son). You sent Book I, could you send Books II & III please. Also would you acquire, before I return, a good bow. My present one will do here but its an awful one.. Also if you could keep an eye open for a good instrument do so, but for God’s sake don’t spend a mint of money on me. My present one of course is poor. With luck one can sometimes pick up a reasonable fiddle for a mere song & that’s what I want you to do – if the occasion arises. Don’t worry if you can’t get one. You may think I’m making too much of a fuss over this fiddle, when you have so many more pressing worries but apart from letters from you & thoughts of you – it almost fills my whole life here. I earnestly hope you mange to settle down somewhere. I shall be anxious until I hear. My fondest love, dearest & a kiss for F John

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Citation

John Ross Mckenzie Valentine, “Letter from John Valentine to his wife Ursula,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed July 13, 2024, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/19362.

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