Letter to John Valentine from his wife Ursula



Letter to John Valentine from his wife Ursula


She writes to him in hospital about his return home. She writes explaining the different bus routes he can take and types of transport, and directions to take in the village when he gets there, or if she would like to meet him in London? She writes that she received his telegram late and asks if his kit bag has been sent off.



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July 18
Darling Johnnie,
I hope to draw £5 & send it off to you by the early post tomorrow in the hope that you may get it on Friday afternoon. I also intend to send you one local timetable, in which the relevant buses are 305, 335 and 353. Of these the [underlined] 305 [/underlined] comes right into the village, & it is best for you to look to the White Hart. (5d from Gerrards Cross) which is a pub at the top of the hill on the far side of the village. Getting out there, you should go back a little way to the White Hart itself & turn down to the left, Back Lane (theres a “gentlemen’s” on the corner!!) Follow this lane till the crossroads, which is
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Bottrells Lane, turn left, and your property is the 2nd house on the left.
The [underlined] 335 [/underlined] or [underlined] 353 [/underlined] both take you only to the [underlined] Pheasant.[/underlined] From there, turn left down into the village, first right at the Crown, up the hill past the Fox and Hounds (I’m not suggesting that you call in at all these). Fork left at the top where Bottrells Lane is signposted, carry on till you come to the aforementioned crossroads, & your property is still the 2nd on the left.
I feel this walk would be rather much for you, it takes 1/4 hour at least, & if you must come by bus it would be better to try to get a 305.
Better still, if you had time in London, would be to ring up for a car to meet you, either Mr Leverett
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telephone Chalfont St Giles 1 (but not [underlined] this [/underlined] weekend as he is away on holiday) or else
If you are having a car, it would be nearer ([indecipherable word] cheaper) for you to come by train to Seer Green, instead of Gerrards Cross, but don’t go to Seer Green unless you are being met, as there’s only one bus an hour there (viz the 305 going the opposite way). If your train happened to connect, well and good.
Your telegram handed in 11.30 didn’t reach me till between 6-7 pm, so this gives you an idea of the length of notice required if you want to contact me.
I shouldn’t think it really likely that you’ll get home this weekend is it?
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If there were a chance the weekend after, I could arrange to meet you in London and have taxis this end & do the thing in style.
But its certainly a gorgeous thought that you might come on leave at all. I’m afraid the journey might be rather grim, you simply [underlined] must [/underlined] have a seat, so tell people you’re a hospital case and must have one.
Can’t think of anything more now. It’s 11.30 pm so I must get to bed. I sent my letter today to Cosford. I do hope they forward it to you. did you have the kitbag finally sent off?
All my love darling



Ursula Valentine, “Letter to John Valentine from his wife Ursula,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed April 20, 2024, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/20465.

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