Letter to John Valentine from his wife Ursula



Letter to John Valentine from his wife Ursula


Thanks him for letter and his news. Comments on stool he has found and then discusses travel arrangements for his next trip home. Catches up with family news with activities of her sister and their daughter. Continues with other domestic news and mentions that ironmongery was due to arrive shortly. Concludes with news of visit by school friend of their daughters.



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Three page typewritten letter with drawing on forth page


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Thursday, 13th Sept.
Darling Johnnie,
I was so glad to get your letter of 10th this morning and to hear of your visit to the Rotary lunch and the invitations that arose from it. Pity it was such a poor lunch, but anyway it was worth while if you get some decent music. I hope that the orchestra may even spur you on to pluck up courage and play yourself.
The stool you found sounds just the thing for us, but I am afraid this letter may be too late for you to do anything about it, unless you have been so daring as to buy it off your own bat! I have got a small piece of material to match the sitting-room upholstery which would probably be big enough to cover it. I do hope you’ll get it and bring it with you when you come. I have asked Mr. Leverett to meet you and he says he will, at Little Chalfont station on Sat. at 3.30. I won’t go with him because there wouldn’t be room coming back with all the furniture. I told him you’d have some stuff with you, I hope he won’t be too staggered when he sees what it is, but he could hardly refuse to bring you, though he might be frightened off if I told him in advance that he was to bring a radiogram! I hope you enjoyed the concert at Leicester; there has been some quite good music on the radio this week, so I haven’t done too badly either. I had a letter from Ba this morning, saying she had to wait 2 1/2 hours for a taxi after you
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left her on Saturday – what a life! She seems to be liking her job, and suggests that if we ever want to have a night in town, doing a show, dancing or anything frivolous like that, she would come out here and spend the night with Frances. Sounds like a grand idea to me! There was also a letter for Flying Officer Valentine, which turned out to be an advice note from Morgans, the ironmongers at Loughborough, saying they sent off our goods on 11th Sept., so they ought to be here by the weekend if they are going to arrive at all. I haven’t got around to putting up the shelf yet, though I have bought the 1 1/2" nails. However, I’ll try to do it before you come, as you will have lots to play at with the radiogram. Joan Nove asked us to go round there on Saturday evening or for coffee at 11 a.m. on Sunday, so I chose the latter as being the less time-wasting of the two. This afternoon we have a school-friend of Frances’s to tea, with mother and baby brother – an awful bore really but Frances does need some juvenile company while she isn’t getting any at school. Must go and cut some sandwiches now. I’m so glad you managed to get Frances’s sandal taken in for repair and hope you’ll be able to bring it back when you come.
Frances says she loves the basket very much, please may she have a bigger one when she is bigger. She sends two kisses.
Come home soon darling, I’m longing to see you again.
Yours always,
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[underlined] P.S. [/underlined] Miss Henry, Ba says, has fallen for you, she adores your eyes!!!
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Ursula Valentine, “Letter to John Valentine from his wife Ursula,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed February 9, 2023, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/20498.

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