Letter from Ursula Valentine to her husband John Valentine



Letter from Ursula Valentine to her husband John Valentine


Writes that butter arrived safely and that she is getting double rations because of the baby. Talks of baby's health and activities as well as what she herself has been doing.



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Two page handwritten letter


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May 2nd
Darling Johnnie,
The butter arrived safely this morning – what a thrill & how sweet of Mrs Howie to think of sending me some. I enclose a little letter to her herewith. Actually, as I told you in our earlier letter, I am not on the point of starvation yet owing to the fact that I get a double ration of everything because of Frances, & this week got 4 rations as the last weeks coupons hadn’t been used! However butter is always welcome, & this fresh farm butter smells glorious. I’m longing to eat some.
Frances has got
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a bit of a sniffle this morning, & as it is grey & dull I haven’t put her out-of-doors. She’s sleeping better at night now, one of these days she will actually manage to sleep the whole night through – at least I hope so, I should like to be able to myself.
It’s lunch time now, so must stop. I have been initiating Mrs S. into the mysteries of cheese sauce, she seems so keen to try new ideas. By the way, there’s more to Mr S than meets the eye – he was apprenticed for 7 years as a bookbinder & has done some rather nice work. He was explaining some of the intricacies of gold – leaf work to me, - very interesting. Says that the man up at the National Library is excellent at repairing but no good at bookbinding as such.
All my love to you darling, so glad you enjoyed your first flights. Do tell me all about everything – except official secrets. Yours for ever Ursula.



Ursula Valentine, “Letter from Ursula Valentine to her husband John Valentine ,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed December 10, 2023, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/19560.

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