Letter from Ursula Valentine to her husband John Valentine



Letter from Ursula Valentine to her husband John Valentine


Writes about packing up her things and having to leave her dog. Mentions financial issue and catches up with family matters. Continues with news of travel arrangements.



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Four page handwritten letter


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Sorry no Kiwi obtainable at Naafi or elsewhere.
Thursday 15th
Darling Johnnie,
I haven’t time to write much today, and anyway I hope to arrive in person soon after this. I’m in the thick of packing off my things to Lido, & want to get as much done as possible.
I went into Aber this morning & saw Royle about Jane. I was awfully upset at having to part with her, but I’m afraid it’s the wisest course. Royle says he will keep her for us in any case, tho’ on the spur of the moment I think he couldn’t decide whether to buy her outright or not. So I’ve
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left it at that I will go in again tomorrow & hand over the Puluex, Keepaway, brush & biscuits, & come to a definite arrangement then. He told me a long yarn about how he got his old dog for 2/6 & a beer, & hastily assured me wasn’t thinking of getting Jane so cheap. Incidentally his dog is just about pegging out, he said it can’t last long now, so he ought to be glad to get such a lovely bitch as Jane.
Burrell sent his bill after a reminder from me - £3 – 3- 0 & I paid it today.
I also went to the Bank, drew £5 to be on the safe side & ascertained that the nearest branch to Prestwick, is British Linen Bank, Ayr, & am writing
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to the Hendon branch today to arrange for my credit to be transferred there.
I enclose a very charming letter from your mother. It’s a nuisance, I was going to write on Tuesday telling her I was going to you & sending snaps, but they weren’t ready, so I put it off. However, I’ve written now explaining our plans. I’m sorry she won’t see the baby while she is very young, but it’s hardly worth my trailing to London or P.M. for that, specially as I’d have to wait over a week to go to PM & shouldn’t be with you until half way thro’ June. [two words] I’m sure she’ll understand, & when I can’t be with you I’ll stay with her as long as she likes!
Haven’t heard from Ba how she’s survived the blitz.
Pity you didn’t shoot down Hess & have done with it. There’s a deal too much fuss made of him.
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As I told you in my letter card yesterday, I got the travel warrants changed from London to Prestwick by Sq Ld Barker or some such nob after penetrating into the hidden sanctums of the Queens. Doesn’t it reek of boiled mutton!
Mr Sandford’s calling up papers arrived today – he’s joining a unit at Harwich in just over a week. Mrs Sandford is a bit knocked back by it, but he’s like a dog with 2 tails, the blighter, he might consider her a bit more.
I shall have to change stations in Glasgow, but now that I shan’t have Jane with me I’m not dreading the journey nearly so much. People are sure to help me with the baby.
I’m cursed with a cracked nipple just now & have to express the milk by hand & feed it to Frances in a bottle. If I let her suck she reopens the crack each time when it’s nearly healed – a very painful process. I hope it will heal over properly in a day or so.
I sent a cable to mother of our new address & have ordered a car to collect me here at 7.30 am Saturday.
Love Ursula.



Ursula Valentine, “Letter from Ursula Valentine to her husband John Valentine,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed July 21, 2024, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/19576.

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