Letter to John Valentine from his wife Ursula



Letter to John Valentine from his wife Ursula


Writes that his kit bag had arrived and she had washed contents. Mentions his violin was OK apart from slight damage. Continues with news of daughter and shopping and mentions she is not feeling well. Hopes he is enjoying new place.



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Two page hand written letter


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July 24

My Darling Johnnie

Your kit-bag has arrived safely, the fiddle looks to me to be quite O.K. The bridge has come out, but I suppose that doesn’t matter. I have washed all the clothes from the kitbag today & they are certainly several shades lighter. If you’ll bring your chamois waistcoat home next time, I’ll wash that for you too.

This the the great day for Frances’s dancing display. I shall be heartily glad when it’s over these late expeditions spoil both afternoon & evening as working periods for me. I must hurry away now

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to improve the [two indecipherable words] by doing more shopping in Gerrards Cross before the show. I was sick last night & have got a rotten headache today, so I’m probably sickening for something. You’ll have to come home & nurse me & run the house. That would [one indecipherable word] you! Actually a few aspirins will doubtless settle it.

Hope you are enjoying life more at this new place & that something is being done for your [one indecipherable word].

Longing to see you again on Saturday

Yours always




Ursula Valentine, “Letter to John Valentine from his wife Ursula,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed December 10, 2023, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/20469.

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