Letter from Ursula Valentine to her husband John Valentine



Letter from Ursula Valentine to her husband John Valentine


Writes thanking him for his letter and news. Comments that they seem to agree that she should try and move nearer him if he could stay in current location. Comments that air raids haven't been heavy in her location but acknowledging that he was worried about them. She is still concerned over where she will have her baby and asks him to investigate local maternity homes and makes some suggestions as to the way forward.




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Two page handwritten letter


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Jan 3rd
Darling, Thank you so much for your lovely long letter written on various days & posted only yesterday. I'm surprised you hadn't received anything from me by then, I posted more or less each day beginning on Monday I think. I'm so glad that you are at last busy & happy & being treated with “dash & initiative”. Have you forgotten all the Morse you learnt as a Boy Sprout? I believe I should still remember a bit from my Girl Guide days. It's funny how we both seem to have been thinking along the same lines as regards my being near you. Very odd! Of course, if you could get any assurance about being in Aber. for March & perhaps beginning of April, that alters things a lot & I should simply love to come to you. On the other hand, the raids haven't been heavy round our part of the world recently, & altho' I know it must be worrying for you, you really needn't be very anxious on my account, & I don't think they will have any adverse
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effect on my health unless I get snuffed out altogether by a direct hit. But the fact remains that I should love to be near you, specially in view of the grim possibility you mention at the end of your letter. Actually I suppose it would be good fun for, you & I should just have to busy myself in some quiet spot & concentrate on the baby till you returned. Couldn't you possibly get a definite line on this point from your C.O.?
I must hurry or I shall miss the post. Darling, do try & find out all you can, also about digs, nursing home, hospital & so on. How about asking your padre, or the local vicar's wife, or your M.O.? I know its very hard when your time is so fully occupied & anyway I shouldn't want to come at once. Ba must make other arrangements & I have masses still to do & buy for the baby. But anything you can find out will help us to make up our minds. I should so love to be with you, even if I did only see you in the evenings & at weekends. I'm getting fed up here, everything has frozen up again, hope to goodness it doesn't last like last year. So glad you liked the cake – the new reduced meat ration is going to increase housekeeping problems here! All my love, dear, Ursula



U M Valentine, “Letter from Ursula Valentine to her husband John Valentine,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed October 22, 2021, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/19532.

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