Letter to John Valentine from his wife Ursula



Letter to John Valentine from his wife Ursula


Writes she is angry with hospital authorities for misleading them and he won't get away before the end of July. Catches up with family news, writes of gardening and domestic matters and that his kit-bag has not arrived yet. Thanks him for his letters and says she is missing him. Mentions it is difficult to make plans due to uncertainty.



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Three page handwritten letter


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July 9th

Darling Johnnie,
It was grand to hear your voice again last night & to know you are well and improving. It looks pretty hopeless as far as leave is concerned, and I’m afraid that if you don’t go to Loughborough till 19th you won’t get away before the end of July. I suppose it can’t be helped, but I feel very angry with the hospital authorities for misleading us so about your probable wishes.
I had a letter from Barbara this morning saying her holiday has been extended until the beginning of next week, & suggesting she should call on us on her way up. I’ll ask her to come for the weekend, & we might ring you up when she’s
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here and see if there any chance of her seeing you, if she feels like the extra journey.
By the way, now that we’ve been officially invited to Winifred’s wedding, I suppose we ought to do something about the present. What do you suggest?
I have put in some [indecipherable word] runner bean plants, so with any luck we may be getting some when you come home. This morning I’ve done a large wash – incidentally your kit-bag hasn’t arrived yet. I’ve made up a parcel of cherries which I’ll post this afternoon & hope they arrive in edible condition. Frances & I are eating masses of them.
Thank you for three letters received this morning, of 4th, 6th
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& 7th July. I too am sorry your first letter didn’t arrive to time, it would have been lovely to have had one waiting for me. You are a darling to have thought of it. altogether you’re a darling, & I miss you horribly now that I’d got used to having you again. If only we knew for certain that you wouldn’t be moved till 19th, we might consider our coming up again, but everything is so uncertain that it’s almost impossible to make plans. Let me know if you have any bright ideas.
Goodbye darling, Frances & I both send you big kisses – she was so pleased with the letter you wrote her. Yours always



Ursula Valentine, “Letter to John Valentine from his wife Ursula,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed October 3, 2023, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/20422.

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