Letter to John Valentine from his wife Ursula



Letter to John Valentine from his wife Ursula


Writes that she has had three letters from him as well as speaking to him by telephone and answers a couple of points raised. Continues with discussion of his future with violin lessons. Mentions her and daughter activities and that he has decided she should not come to be near him as he might be out of hospital soon. Concludes with plans to return home.



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Four page handwritten letter


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Little Close Dec 28th
My darling Johnnie, I had three letters from you this morning, as well as speaking to you over the phone, so I feel I've done well. The letters were 24, 25 & 26 December & I gather your Christmas wasn't just a riot of festivities. I hope we shall never be parted for Christmas again – or any other time, for that matter. Our enormous turkey came from a farmer's widow, with whom Mother has always dealt down here – it was ordered shortly after last Christmas!
As regards the music lessons, both Mary Darly & Miss Gunn only go up to Downe (or vice versa) 2 or 3 days a week, & are in London the rest of the time, so that's alright. The lessons would take place in London, in the evenings doubtless. I'm more sorry than I can say to hear that your determination to continue has been shaken. I do hope it wasn't my fault. I think it would be a very great pity indeed if you didn't carry on, I feel we haven't so very much further to go to get through the sticky patch & then we'll really get lots of fun out of it. So you simply mustn't give in & you mustn't let me stop either (tho' I may have to in August) because it will be worth it in the end, I feel sure. We shall never be brilliant, maybe, but in time we may give pleasure, perhaps even to others as well as ourselves.
Mother & Ba have gone with Mrs Winter to Newton Abbot today to visit the tailor so Frances & I are going for a walk over to Sunny Cove this afternoon. It was very noble of you to decide this morning that I shouldn't come to stay near you, for I know you would have liked it, but were doubtless considering me. Of course if you are really to be home sometime next week then that is the best solution to the problem. Other things being equal, we shall probably travel up with Ba on Tuesday, that will give us a day or two to prepare for your arrival. I do hope you'll be home by the 6th at the latest, I should be sick if we miss that anniversary too.
All my love to you darling, Yours always, Ursula



Ursula Valentine, “Letter to John Valentine from his wife Ursula,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed July 21, 2024, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/20592.

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