Letter from Ursula Valentine to her husband John Valentine



Letter from Ursula Valentine to her husband John Valentine


Writes that she is glad they had resolved differences over commissioning. Mentions sending parcel of socks and of daily activities. Mentions help Mrs Stenzel is giving, baby's progress and gardening plans.



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Four page handwritten letter


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[underlined] No 21 [/underlined]
Friday 5th Sept.
My dearest Johnny,
I was exceedingly glad to get your letter this morning acknowledging the parcel of cigarettes and to know that there are no longer any clouds between us. What an awful feeling it is to be so far apart and not to know whether the other one is not annoyed or upset. I’m glad its over now. You mean so much to me, life would be empty and useless without you.
I sent off a parcel of socks to you this morning. There is nothing much to report since yesterday. Mrs Stenzel made some more jam last night, and later I went round collecting my
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savings subscriptions. Sometimes it is quite fun stopping to chat with the different families, they are all very friendly, and if it weren’t that I am often tired in the evening & find it a nuisance to go out, I should thoroughly enjoy it. Next week all those of us who have been giving 2/6 per week will have bought a certificate and I shall have a lot to do issuing them and new books & holder cards to most people. There is quite a lot of filling up & signing to be done, but by the time I’ve done it for 15 of us I should know the routine. Mrs Stenzel is a tremendous help to me. For instance she generally washes
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the baby’s nappies while I am bathing & feeding her so that I am free to go down to town by 11 am instead of having all those odd jobs hanging about. Today she has turned out the bookcase in the dining room and dusted & vacuumed all the books, which is a long & tedious job which won’t have to be done again for months, thank goodness.
I must stop now & go down to the allotment to get some seeds for the gardener to put in this afternoon. He is clearing up & pruning the raspberries & putting the strawberry bed in order.
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The gunnery course sounds extremely complicated and extensive, but rather fun I would think. Surely observers are not expected to do much shooting are they?
All my love to you dearest one. I hope you are having the same lovely weather as we are just now.
Yours always
[underlined] Ursula [/underlined]
Gave Frances some carrot juice today, she didn’t object to it as much as the tomato juice, but anyway she swallows both.



Ursula Valentine, “Letter from Ursula Valentine to her husband John Valentine,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed July 15, 2024, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/19626.

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