Letter from John Valentine to his wife Ursula

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Title

Letter from John Valentine to his wife Ursula

Description

Number 172-29. Delighted to get two letters from her and thrilled to hear of birthday gift although he states he is not a virtuoso on the violin. Red cross violin has not arrived but German one has been repaired. Catches up with family friends news and comments on his religious opinions.

Date

1944-09-03

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Format

Two page handwritten letter

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IBCC Digital Archive

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EValentineJRMValentineUM440903

Transcription

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3rd Sept 1944.

My Darling Ursula. I was absolutely delighted to have 2 letters from you this week written 23rd & 30th April. I was really thrilled to hear of your birthday gift for me. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate the thought although when I consider my present state of inefficiency I can’t help thinking that your kindness be wasted. I hope you’re not nurturing false hopes that you’ve become the wife of a virtuoso. I’m awful, bloody awful to be more exact. I’m afraid that nature made me a plodder & that even if I stick at it I’ll never be anything else at the fiddle. Anyway, I know that I’ll treasure your instrument more that any other I may own. The Red X fiddle hasn’t arrived yet but my own (a German one) has been repaired quite well & I’ll try to bring it home together with the bow so kindly sent for Sweden.

[several censored sentences]

I’m so glad to hear of Anns visit. I hope my parents come some time. Am eagerly looking forward to the photos of you, F & the house. I wish with all my heart that I could oblige you as the matter of “caring for” you & helping you in all your worries & anxieties. I wonder if the parcel will ever arrive - you definitely haven’t “boobed” in your choice of contents. With the current news, I often get quite optimistic but such spells don’t last long & I relapse into my usual passive resignation. I can see that we have a difference of opinion regarding one major aspect of life - the religious one. I’m convinced that Christianity is one one vast edifice of superstition - with possibly one fundamental truth but you seem to be a true believer which I never was & never will be nor do I now wish to be having seen the light. However I love you more than ever, which is almost impossible. Keep well & beautiful. Love to Frances. Ever your John.




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172 29

EXAMINER 5,858

[underlined] Kriegsgefangenenpost [/underlined]

An MRS U M. VALENTINE

FELMERSHAM

Empfangsort: BOTTRELLS LANE

Straße: CHALFONT ST. GILES

Kreis: BUCKS

Land: ENGLAND

Landesteil (Provinz usw.)

Absender:

Vor- und Zuname: Sgt. J. R. M. Valentine

Gefangenennummer: 450

Lager-Bezeichnung: M. - Stammlager [deleted] 357 [/deleted] LUFT III

Deutschland (Allemagne)

Collection

Citation

John Ross Mckenzie Valentine, “Letter from John Valentine to his wife Ursula,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed September 28, 2021, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/19464.

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