Letter to John Valentine from his wife Ursula



Letter to John Valentine from his wife Ursula


Writes that she has received three letters from him, is glad he is feeling better and hopes ENT specialist will come soon and release him. Says she and daughter will be home next day and hopes he will be soon as well. Discusses home electric matters and says she liked his comments on D H Laurence. Describes her own current reading, that she is sending him sugar and she needs to finish packing.



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Four page handwritten letter


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Little Close, Dec 31st
My darling Johnnie, I have had three letters from you today, 28th, 29th this morning, & 30th by this afternoon's post (yesterday Sunday). The postal officials are really doing very well. I'm so glad you are feeling better, & only hope an ENT (I keep wanting to EPT!) specialist comes soon to release you. We shall be home tomorrow evening (God willing) & ready to receive you with open arms any time after that, the sooner the better. I have wired Miss McLeod to order bread & milk for us & Leverett to meet us at Seer Green & hope everything
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goes according to plan. It will be nice to be home again & when you come I shall be really happy again.
I did ask Peter about the switches & he said the 5 amp ones would be OK for a 2KW fire. I questioned Drag more closely afterwards & gather you can safely overload up to 100% & that with our voltage & a 2 KW fire the load would be 8/9 amps, which Drag says it quite OK. It would eventually burn out sooner than a 10 amp switch but would probably last a couple of years anyway. However if we do get a 2 KW fire for the sitting room it might be worth having a 10 amp switch there, if you'd feel
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happier, use the 5 amp ones in the bedrooms where we'd have smaller fires. As Peter said the 5 amp ones were OK I wasn't able to ask him to change them.
I like your comments on DH Lawrence. I haven't read any myself, & somehow don't think he'll be at the top of my list of priorities. I am very much enjoying my book on English Literature, I have read the first section so far on the English Bible, & am now immersed in Lord David Cecil's exposition of English Poetry. It is most lavishly illustrated too, with old prints & portraits, a really grand book.
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I am sending you 1/2lb. Of sugar (a week's ration) & do wish you had mentioned it sooner. I'd have kept you supplied with pleasure. Let me know when this is finished (but I hope you'll be home long before then). I have still got to finish off our packing so must stop now. I shall have to send some of the stuff by post anyway, as usual, we seem to have acquired a lot, mostly Frances's. She has had a lovely time down here, but is looking forward to our second Xmas at home.
All my love, dearest, come home soon, Yours always, Ursula



Ursula Valentine, “Letter to John Valentine from his wife Ursula,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed July 22, 2024, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/20597.

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