Letter to John Valentine from his wife Ursula



Letter to John Valentine from his wife Ursula


Writes that she expects this letter would arrive after his operation and wishes she could be their to comfort him. Laments that their Christmas plans have been effected. Continues with description of her activities; mentions cutting her finger and helping daughter with writing a letter.



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Two page handwritten letter


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Felmersham Sunday 15 Dec
My darling Johnnie, I suppose by the time you receive this the operation will be over & you will be feeling rather like the dog's dinner. I do hope it won't have been too unpleasant, & that the Sister & other patients in your ward are decent, & look after you well. How I wish I could be there to comfort you myself! You can be sure I shall be thinking of you all the time. I have felt very lonely & depressed since you went & I'm sure you have too. It's really wretched that this extra separation should have come just at Christmas time, but we just have to put up with it.
I did nothing much after you left & went to bed fairly early. This morning I have made the marmalade – 7 lbs of it & rather good, I think, & painted the bathroom & kitchen towel rails. I'm writing this after lunch & hope to do the chair this afternoon. I was half afraid Freeman would turn up this morning after all, but luckily he didn't. I have cut the 3rd finger of my left hand on the carving knife & its bleeding profusely tho' not at all painful. The bandage makes it very clumsy. I'm trying to help Frances with her spelling of her letter to you at the same time as I write this, so its likely to be a bit garbled. Anyway, I love you with all my heart, darling & I'm just longing to have you home again for good. Yours always, Ursula



Ursula Valentine, “Letter to John Valentine from his wife Ursula,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed May 28, 2023, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/20562.

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