Letter from Ursula Valentine to her husband John Valentine

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Letter from Ursula Valentine to her husband John Valentine

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She thanks him for writing and is amused about his comments on the after-life, but tells him how worried she had been when she had heard that 19 bombers had been missing. She goes on to tell him of domestic matters and hopes for leave soon.

Date

1942-05-13

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Two page handwritten letter

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IBCC Digital Archive

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Lido
Wed. May 13th

Dearest Johnny,
Thanks very much for your letter written after you had phoned me. When I read the part about you being afraid you may make a fool of yourself if you get to the next world and find it's all poppycock - I just roared with laughter! You'd feel a worse fool if you got there & found that it all wasn't! Still it's not much use writing & arguing about the matter, it depends upon the gift of the Holy Spirit & no amount of human nagging will help. The Spirit will come how & when it chooses, but it is certain that if we keep on seeking it will eventually come.
I noticed that some of your library tickets are out of date, so I enclose a card which please fill up & sign & return & I will get new ones. I have asked the Library to get the 2 agricultural books for me, & the Farming Year ought to be in today.
It's raining again today, which seems a pity - I should think sunshine would do more good now.
You mustn't commiserate with me for worrying. It's my own silly fault if I do and as a matter of fact as a rule I keep perfectly cheerful, and philosophical. I don't know what it was on Saturday, but when I heard 19 bombers were missing I was suddenly struck "all of a heap". [Paper torn. Three or four words missing] and I paid

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for it by hours of quite unnecessary misery which ought to teach me to know better next time. I do try to be thankful for each day that goes past without any [underlined] bad [/underlined] news, and particularly for each trip successfully completed. We've certainly been luckier than some so far. Now what we need is a spot of leave together.
Florence is here again today and is complaining of various aches & pains, so I'm rather afraid she may desert me - Tho' to give her her due I don't think she will until she can't help it.
All my love to you, dearest one, how I'm longing to have you here at home again for a little while.
Yours always
Ursula.

[underlined] p.s. [/underlined] I got Adams to knock down his bill from 6/6 to 4/-. The man had said he'd been on the job for 1 1/2 hrs whereas actually he did it in about 10 minutes.

[underlined] p.p.s. [/underlined] I have bought a Savings Cert. with the R & R's 3/6 per week London allowance saved up for 4 weeks (+ 1/- of course)

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Ursula Valentine, “Letter from Ursula Valentine to her husband John Valentine,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed October 16, 2021, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/19896.

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