Letter from Ursula Valentine to her husband John Valentine



Letter from Ursula Valentine to her husband John Valentine


Thanks him for ringing as it makes her happy and cheerful knowing he is safe. Asked his views on Churchill's speech but did not like his view on using gas on Germany. Writes of how much baby Frances dislike her gas mask and that she will try and get a Micky Mouse one. Hopes he will not have to carry gas to the Germans. Concludes with fact that sending photographs postcards.



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No 35
Monday May 11th

My dearest,
Thank you [underlined] so [/underlined] much for ringing up last night. It is an awful shame that you have to hang about so long to do it, and I really do appreciate your thoughtfulness. You can't think how happy & cheerful it makes me that night & all next day to [underlined] know [/underlined] you are safe. Now it looks as tho' the weather has broken so perhaps you won't be so busy.
What did you think of Churchill's speech last night? Considerably more cheerful than usual, but I didn't like his warning about our using gas against Germany if they do against Russia. It's only wise of course, & just as well to warn the Huns, but still it sends rather a cold shiver down the spine. I suppose we're bound to have to face it sometime. I have been trying Frances in her gas mask again, and she simply hates it now. So I've just rung up the warden to see if I could get a Mickie Mouse gas mask for her, & the warden is going to bring one round this morning to try on. I really must get her used to it somehow. She's not a bit frightened to see us in our masks, but she was a bit sick after she'd been in hers, - probably the smell. Incidentally I do hope you do not have to carry the beastly stuff over to the Huns. I suppose there's really no great difference between that or bombs, or only a sentimental one, but still I should hate the thought of

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you having to do the dirty work.
Thanks ever so for your letter I'm sending the latest photo herewith on postcards, which please review & return, letting me know if you'd like a decent print of any of them for yourself.
With all my love - hoping you'll be home pretty soon now.
Yours always,
[underlined] Ursula [/underlined]



Ursula Valentine, “Letter from Ursula Valentine to her husband John Valentine,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed May 25, 2022, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/19894.

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