Letter to John Valentine from his wife Ursula



Letter to John Valentine from his wife Ursula


Writes that packing is done and that she has decided not to take a doll she made for daughter which she will save as a present to celebrate his return. Mentions recent mail and that she is feeling unwell. Concludes with description of activities and hopes she will have a rest over the holiday.



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Two page handwritten letter


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Felmersham, 19th Dec Evening
Darling Johnnie, I'm writing this in the evening. The packing is done except for last minute items. I decided not to take the doll I have made for Frances, it is terribly bulky, & I have explained to her that her present is waiting for her here for our celebration when you return. She was all in favour of that. So everything has gone into the suitcase, by dint of ruthless pruning of our wardrobes. It's only for 10 days after all, we'll just have to manage. I can't cope with 2 cases.
A card came today from Dudley Moss, now back in this country & hoping to be “Esq” soon. I have written saying I hope he'll come out & see us in the New Year. That's OK by you, I hope, is it? I believe you like him as much as I do.
I'm feeling as sick as a dog, perhaps the train journey will shake it out of me, literally! I'm not taking any work with me & hope to have a real rest, I think it will do me good. They're doing “Prince Igor” on the radio, I wonder if you have it on too. I'm enjoying it. However I'm going to bed after the news, for we must make an early start tomorrow - & you know how good I am at that! I have been playing Ludo with Frances each evening & believe she has now grasped the rudiments of the idea of sportsmanship. No more trouble now when her men get sent back, & no fictitious sixes either!
All our love, dearest, Ursula



Ursula Valentine, “Letter to John Valentine from his wife Ursula,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed July 25, 2024, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/20568.

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