Letter to John Valentine from his wife Ursula



Letter to John Valentine from his wife Ursula


Notes enclosed socks, cigarettes and figs wit suggestions of how to eat them. States she is sending him "Gone with the Wind" in separate parcel. Illustration of Arab boat at top and palm trees at bottom.



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One page handwritten letter


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Saturday August 16th
Darling Johnny, Here are your clean socks, a few more cigarettes & - a most unusual discovery – ½ lb of figs! The shop would only let me have ½ lb & I'm afraid they'll soon all be sold out, however its quite a thrill to get any nowadays.. You can eat them as they are, but they are better if soaked in enough water to cover them overnight, & then stewed gently. They don't need any sugar added. If it's not convenient for the landlady to stew them, you'll find they're very nice just soaked well. Sorry there are not enough to share all round, but I hope you'll choose a day to devour them when your sense of taste has fully returned! I'm sending off “Gone with the Wind” separately by book post & hope you enjoy reading it.
With lots of love & longing to see & her & kiss you again, Yours for ever, Ursula



Ursula Valentine, “Letter to John Valentine from his wife Ursula,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed June 6, 2023, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/20621.

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