Letter from Ursula Valentine to her husband John Valentine



Letter from Ursula Valentine to her husband John Valentine


Thanks him for parcels and agrees that he could get her goods from his local chemist. Comment on his last letter and continues with gossip on her activities. Reports that she has found a daily help.



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Re your offer to get goods from chemists – we should love large size Innoxa complexion milk (2 if poss) (they cost 6/6 or more each – should I send you the cash?) also Johnson’s Baby Powder.
Friday 12.9.41
My darling Johnnie,
Two large parcels arrived from you today, one containing washing and a tin of sweets and some mayonnaise, and the other containing soapflakes. Thank you so much, darling, for all the trouble you take on my behalf, the soapflakes will last me ages with care, and supplemented with occasional finds in the local shops they should see me through. The sweets and mayonnaise will be just grand of course. You are a darling.
There was also a letter from you,
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rather a sad one about your sins which I really think can't be quite so black as you paint them. Anyway you can be quite certain that they make no difference to my love for you, altho’ of course I should be ever so happy if I could help you to overcome them, for your own sake.
Frances was photographed in her bath this morning but Ba says the negatives are not good, tho’ printable. You shall, of course, see the results.
Frances & I are going out to tea this p.m with Mrs Stillman, hence the frantic haste. I bought
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a marrow this morning because Mrs St. said she would make some marrow & ginger jam, and while she was in the midst of preparing it Peter arrived home with a great sack full of elderberries, which we are going to make into jelly, syrup & jam. Of course it would be today that I have to go out! Poor Tante Bertha will be busy.
The meeting of Hendon’s Savings Group secretaries went off last night. Ellen Wilkinson spoke, well as usual, but for the rest there was nothing very thrilling, & I was disappointed that no refreshments were served.
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Bish wrote saying he won’t be ordained till 28th Sept which is a pity. Perhaps you’ll get longer leave?
I have got hold of a woman to come in every morning when Mrs Davidson goes. She is a Mrs Stark, a Red Cross nurse whose husband is invalided out of the Army (Dunkirk) so she can’t give enough time to the Red X but must earn some cash. I shall have to pay her £1 per week, which will just wreck my finances – I shall have to use some out of Sundries, but Frances will take up more & more time now that she’s getting more frisky so I’ll just have to have a woman. I hope she’ll turn out nice, its hard to judge from one interview.
All my love to my own dearest



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