Letter to John Valentine from his wife Ursula



Letter to John Valentine from his wife Ursula


Writes that she was sorry that she could not speak to him on the telephone, news of her sister and the weather. Continues with account of daughter at a fete and reports information she received from sister at his hospital.



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Three page hand written letter


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July 15th
Darling Johnnie,
I was so disappointed not to be able to speak to you when I telephoned at 12.30 today. I thought you would surely be in the ward then, having dinner. Barbara was here to have a word with you too, & was sorry not to hear you. Poor girl, she has been having rotten earache while on holiday, it is somewhat better now, but I put drops in for her when it gets bad. She’s also in dire distress because she lost her suitcase on her way up from Devon, with all sorts of valuables including the new hat for the wedding, 4 pairs
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of silk stockings, her fur & her camera, in it. I hope it will turn up by tomorrow, otherwise it will be a major tragedy. She said the travelling was awfully crowded, so I suppose that’s how it got mislaid.
The weather is gorgeous here today & we are going for a picnic this afternoon. There was a terrific thunderstorm last night. I wonder if you had it too.
Frances thoroughly enjoyed herself as a fairy at the Garden Fete, & won third prize (2/6 saving stamp) Ba arrived as it was finishing & we stayed up chatting until nearly 12 pm, & couldn’t get to sleep even then for
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the really notable thunder & lightning. I kept feeling that we ought to draw the blackout, as tho’ it were an air-raid!
I gathered from the sister that I spoke to on the phone (not [indecipherable name] was it? It didn’t sound like her) that there is a hope that you wouldn’t go to Loughborough after all. I’m sure that would bring you leave much nearer. I hope you & s/o Riley were having a good time in the gym while I was trying to ring you up!!
All my love to you darling, & a big kiss from Frances
Yours for always



Ursula Valentine, “Letter to John Valentine from his wife Ursula,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed May 31, 2023, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/20454.

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