Letter from Ursula Valentine to her husband John Valentine



Letter from Ursula Valentine to her husband John Valentine


Writes about laundry she is sending as well as latest photographs of daughter. She asks what photographs he would like. Writes that she is sending stamped postcards so he can slip one in post after a trip to say he is alright. Reports it was grand to hear his voice and was pleased he was not doing too many trips in the immediate future. Catches up with friend/family and domestic news.



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No. 13 Lido, Friday 17.4.42
My darling, Here are the socks & a shirt which I hadn't dared to send before. I'm so glad the laundry there will take extra things, but do continue sending the socks to me & change them as often as you like. I'm also sending the finished enlargements of the latest photos. They have been spotted ready for the album, so please don't let them get greasy or above all wet. Would you like a smaller enlargement of the laughing one or of any of the others? If so let us know. I almost think I'll have the laughing one framed, it is so jolly, & Ba is very pleased with it photographically too.
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I also enclose the stamped postcards, so that it you haven't time or energy for a letter you could just slip one of those into the post after a trip just to say you are OK. Vaseline is enclosed too. Try it for a bit on your hands & if you don't like it, send it back – I can always use it here - & I will get you something else. It was grand to hear your voice last night, & I am not a little relieved to hear that you may not be doing so many trips in the immediate future.
I rang up Jean Serpell last night & Frances & I are going to lunch there next Monday. Christopher has now left The Times - because he was going to be de-reserved, I'm sorry to say & now has a job as a
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civilian, in the Admiralty. Much as I hate being parted from you, I'm glad you didn't do anything like that. So he works ordinary office hours & they're as snug as bugs in rugs. Their baby Anne is now 9 months, & it ought to be quite fun to see her & Frances together.
I must now retire & do the washing up. Ba is home today & we're going over to Hendon Central to try to get some more photographic materials & paint & enamel too.
All my love to you, my dearest. Thank you so much for ringing up yesterday & for saying
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that you love me. It did thrill me to hear that, altho' it isn't the first time you've said it!
Yours always Ursula
PS Adams' bill for mending the burst pipes etc. is £1.2.6 which seems to me not too bad.




Ursula Valentine, “Letter from Ursula Valentine to her husband John Valentine,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed April 22, 2024, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/19870.

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