Letter to John Valentine from his wife Ursula



Letter to John Valentine from his wife Ursula


Writes that she still does not know why he is in hospital, for how long and exactly where he is. Continues with arrangements for a visit to him by an acquaintance. Catches up with domestic news and activities. Wonders if he will get home the next weekend and whether their Christmas plans may be effected by his hospitalisation.



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Three page handwritten letter


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Felmersham Thursday 13th Dec.
Darling Johnnie, This morning I received your letter of Tuesday, so I am still no wiser as to why you are in hospital & how long for. I'm rather uncertain as to where to write to you, but as you are unlikely to be bedridden I suppose you'll be over at the MRU so I'm writing there. Yesterday's letter to you was addressed to the hospital, so if you didn't receive it, you might make enquiries there. Not that is was very important.
As you'll see from Freeman's letter enclosed, he will be coming alone on Sunday. If there's any doubt about your coming home for the weekend, I'll put him off, but suppose I shan't know till tomorrow & am not clear whether to write to Kent or to Highgate. I had a wire from Peter yesterday telling me to collect a heavy parcel from Little Chalfont station – I gather he's got lead-covered wire for outside, which accounts for the weight. Frances & I are going over this afternoon to fetch it – damn the thing. If he'd only sent it to Amersham or Gerrards X it could have been delivered by van, but we are outside the delivery area for Little Chalfont!
If you want any more cash, let me know & I'll send some, but I'm very much hoping you'll be home at the weekend. I've found a present for Ba, a utility bag such as she wanted for 12/10d, much the cheapest I've seen & really quite serviceable, so I've bought it for her. I've made & decorated the lavender bags & hope to get all the stuff packed up & labelled this evening. I wonder if you'll really be home tomorrow evening now that you're a hospital case again. I do hope they're going to give you Xmas leave so that we can go down to Devon as planned. However I suppose I shall know all the answers tomorrow. How I wish we had a phone! I don't know where or when to ring you.
All my love Ursula



Ursula Valentine, “Letter to John Valentine from his wife Ursula,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed May 27, 2023, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/20560.

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