Letter to John Valentine from his wife Ursula



Letter to John Valentine from his wife Ursula


Writes she was glad he rang previous evening and mentions new year's eve party activities of sister and friends. Writes of plans for journey home and that she is sending a parcel of items she cannot get into suitcase. Concludes by mentioning obtaining oranges and salad dressing.



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Four page handwritten letter


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Little Close, 1st Jan
My darling Johnnie, I was so glad that you rang up last night. I was feeling a bit blue at the time, & it cheered me up no end. All the young ones went off to the party & seem to have had a whale of a time – they didn't get home till 4 am, while we old fogies played rather dull bridge. Apparently John danced with Ba every dance but one – ceded to his
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brother Peter, & afterwards came back here drinking soup in the kitchen till nearly 5 am. However he was down bright & early to see Ba off, & has asked for her address in London in case they could have a night out sometime. So we feel things are going well, & both Mothers are as pleased as punch.
The weather here is glorious again with a strong wind blowing, & I wonder whether I needn't have postponed our return. However, it won't really matter,
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I have cancelled Leverett as I am not sure whether we shall make the connection from Paddington to Marylebone in time to catch the 2.5 (we get to Padd. at 1.30 & might easily be late if the fog persists). So I'll try to get a taxi at Gerrards Cross & ring Leverett when I get there, for I am not going to attempt to carry that heavy case alone now. It's asking for trouble. I am sending off a parcel of stuff this afternoon that I can't get into the suitcase owing to pressure of Xmas presents.
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I managed to get some oranges for us today, only 4 but better than nothing, & also a bottle of salad dressing, which is always so hard to come by. So we're going home well loaded up. I only hope we arrive according to schedule. It'll be nice to be home in daylight anyway, so we can get fires etc. going a bit earlier. I do hope there's been no frost damage. Most of all I hope that you're going to be home soon after us, my dearest husband.
I have missed you so. Yours always, Ursula
PS I won't be able to write tomorrow I expect



Ursula Valentine, “Letter to John Valentine from his wife Ursula,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed April 22, 2024, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/20603.

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