Letter from Ursula Valentine to her husband John Valentine



Letter from Ursula Valentine to her husband John Valentine


Writes saying she is longing to see him and hopes nothing interferes with his upcoming leave. Mentions doctor visit to see daughter who has heavy cold. Catches up with family news and mentions that billeted WAAF has returned. Comments on Japanese and USA now in war and effect that might have on supplies. Continues with description of her activities.


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Lido 9th December
Johnny my darling, I haven't had a letter from you today, which has added to the general gloom. I'm simply pining to see you again, I hope to goodness nothing interferes with your weekend leave. The doctor came yesterday to see Frances & says her trouble is only a heavy cold & there's nothing wrong with her chest. He gave me a cough mixture prescription, & says
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she must be kept in a warm room, so I have had the gas or electric fire going in the nursery most of the time. I'm a bit nervous of leaving the gas fire on at night, so I gave her the electric till 10 pm. & put it on again at 6 am. I thought she'd be roasted if it stayed on all night. She's certainly much better this morning, & can muster up a smile & a twinkly again, tho' her nose still runs copiously & she coughs a bit too. However she's more herself,
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& a great relief it is. I am so used to finding her cheerful & smiling that it's heartrending when she only whimpers & droops. I've missed the noon post today as Ba & Peter were both out this morning & I couldn't leave Frances to go to the post. However perhaps you may receive this tomorrow all the same.
The WAAF came back last night but hadn't much to say for herself. I had a letter from Fiona thanking me for the photo of you – enclosed herewith. What ho for the Japs, the dirty little skunks!
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I wonder if it will make a lot of difficulties for our supplies now that USA is in it. Perhaps it will stop them striking anyway. Nothing much to report this end. I didn't go out at all yesterday except to dig in the garden I had planned to go up to the West End but didn't want to leave Frances. Perhaps I'll be able to go tomorrow. Ba is having a week's leave from Thursday (except for Monday) & if Mrs Stenzel is coming it should be at the weekend too tho' I can't make out from her letter which day. Peter goes back on Thursday.
Come soon to me darling, I long for you so much. All my love Ursula
PS. Don't bother about P.M. this weekend. Better wait till they mention it again. I sent off the photo of Frances to your Mother yesterday.



Ursula Valentine, “Letter from Ursula Valentine to her husband John Valentine,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed April 23, 2021, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/19704.

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