Letter to John Valentine from his wife Ursula



Letter to John Valentine from his wife Ursula


Writes that she is depressed over his latest news and laments over fact she and daughter will not see him for nearly a month. Continues with other domestic chat but states disbelief on news that he will not recover use of his knees. Concludes saying her sister will take daughter down to Devon.



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Two page handwritten letter


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Aug. 20
My darling Johnnie,
I am more depressed than I can say by your letter of Friday. What a packet of bad news! I do wish you’d come home last weekend since you may not be coming for a fortnight. It’s really most bleak. Frances won’t see you for nearly a month if she goes to Devon on 31st as proposed. However there’s nothing to be done about it now. Do you think they might relent? As for the loss of the key, it isn’t only the padlock which is affected, for the key belongs to my [deleted] suitcase [/deleted] [inserted] trunk [/inserted]. as I told you when you took it, & its no joke if I’ve got to lug that into Gerrards Cross for a new one. So do make every effort to find the key.
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As for this bombshell about your never recovering the use of your knees, I just can’t believe it. No more climbing of mountains or tennis or squash or even country walks! Its too ghastly, & we won’t sit down under it. Maybe a specialist could do something about it, or a bonesetter or manipulative surgeon. Anyway I’m not going to think about it any more now, I’m too depressed for words & have been crying all morning in the intervals of doing the washing.
Ba says she’ll take Frances to Devon so I think we must jump at the offer since we shant [sic] get down there this year. I’ll pay Ba’s fare by way of recompense.
So come home soon All my love Ursula



Ursula Valentine, “Letter to John Valentine from his wife Ursula,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed June 13, 2024, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/20478.

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