Letter from Ursula Valentine to her husband John Valentine



Letter from Ursula Valentine to her husband John Valentine


Writes of sending bicycle, which she rode to Paddington station to dispatch to Oxford. Records recent expenditure and arrival of 10/6 for billeting a WAAF, Asks about possible accommodation for her and daughter near his current location so she can join him. Catches up with family news.



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Four page handwritten letter


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4th Dec 1941
Darling Johnnie,
I tried to ring you last night, but I gather you were gadding about in Oxford with Norman, so I left a message at the Mess which I hope you received, to wit, that I dispatched the bike yesterday & that it should be in Oxford, c/o Station master, today. All the accessories I sent separately in a parcel, which I hope you will also get in due course. I rode the bike into Paddington, getting nothing worse than
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frozen feet on the journey, & it cost 5/7 to send. The lamps etc came to 9/3, postage 11d, so it has been quite an expensive item. However the RAF paid me 10/6 for the WAAF yesterday, so that helped.
Do look after my dear little bike. I was really sorry to see her go, she runs so sweetly & is such a pet. Above all, don’t let her get stolen. I’ve sent a padlock & chain, so please use it [underlined] always. [/underlined]
So sorry to hear you were sick the other
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day, I suppose you’d eaten something strange.
I suppose there isn’t anywhere nearer to the aerodrome where Frances & I could stay, to save you the long journey back & forth in the bleak mid winter? There must be lots of farmhouses round about, if you only knew. Then of course the pram would be a problem, still I hate to think of your travelling all that way in the dark night & morning. Haven’t heard from your Mother
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I haven’t had Frances weighed yet this week, & as its now Thursday I shall wait till next Monday. She certainly looks chubby enough.
I hope to get some more gardening done this p.m. Must dash off to town now.
All my love to you dearest. God bless & keep you
[underlined] Ursula [/underlined]



Ursula Valentine, “Letter from Ursula Valentine to her husband John Valentine,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed January 17, 2022, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/19697.

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