Letter from Ursula Valentine to her husband John Valentine



Letter from Ursula Valentine to her husband John Valentine


Writes of RAF allowance book, problems with parcel/lost items in post and book he is reading. Says she will not answer his letters in full as hopes to see him soon.


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[underlined] No 2 [/underlined]
Wed. [underlined] 29th Oct [/underlined]
My dearest one,
Two letters arrived from you together this morning, as well as other cheering correspondence, to wit, a note from the Air Ministry saying there is a supplementary allowance book for 19/6 awaiting me at the P.O. & enclosing a warrant for £5 covering the increase in qualifying allotment from 20.9.41 to 29.10.41. I suppose the extra 1/- a day which you allotted voluntarily is not included in this – or is it? Anyway I propose to put the £5 away before I spend it. There was also a letter from David Blaikley which I enclose.
Yesterday I received a parcel from Bish, as well, containing a formidable selection of religious tracts & literature of various sorts. Unfortunately the parcel had come undone in
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the post & been tied up by the P.O. & from his letter I gather that one book (which he wanted returned) & also the medallion for Frances had been lost in transit. It is a shame, I am going to write to the P.O. about it but haven’t really much hope. Apparently it was a medallion with St Frances on one side & St Anthony on the other. St Anthony is the saint who is supposed to find thing for you, so perhaps he’ll recover the medallion for us! Roy suggests I should read the books & then send them on to you – one I perused last night, it was rather good, quite short, you may like to see it when you come.
I’m glad you’re finding “Revolution of Destruction” heavy
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going. I did too, & thought it was due to my defective brain power. However I remember that some parts of it registered fairly vividly. I have finished Bomber Command & propose to send it off to Daddy for his birthday.
I won’t answer your letters fully now as I hope we shall be seeing each other soon. Suffice it to say that if I had by time again on this fated day two years ago I would have accepted you with ever more unseemly alacrity than was actually the case. Darling I love you tremendously, & just now want above all things that you shall be made fit again come what may of your career in the RAF.
Á bientot, mon chéri,
Toujours tu
[inserted] [underlined] PS [/underlined] I mentioned insurance to Florence but apparently she has always paid it voluntarily herself, so that’s O.K.



Ursula Valentine, “Letter from Ursula Valentine to her husband John Valentine,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed January 26, 2021, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/19655.

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