Letter to Douglas Hudson from his parents



Letter to Douglas Hudson from his parents


Writes of latest activities and a little about the local town. Discusses latest mail from him and mentions cost of cables. Continues with chat and gossip. Reminisces and then comments that they were surprised that he was able to go into town where he was previously. Awaiting news from new location.




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Two page handwritten letter


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[inserted] 53 [/inserted]
[inserted] 23.8.41 [/inserted]
191 Halifax Road
Nelson Lancs.
Sunday July 27th. 1941
My dear Douglas.
This is the most beautiful Sunday morning & here I am sitting in the garden thinking of you so much & wishing we could enjoy all this beauty together. Dad has been out all night & had to walk home (took him 50 minutes) but it was a very lovely outlook when he got here at 6-50 a.m. really you know it is [inserted] was [/inserted] only 4-50, & the sun had risen over the hill top bathing this small industrial town in a pearly haze. Beyond, the hills were peeping through the drifting mists & as I said to you before we seemed to be in an enchanted world. Always at such times you feel very near to me, & I wonder if you can see similar beauties & if they bring memories & hopes to you, too. The last letter we had from you dated May 11th arrived last Saturday week July 19th. We had previously had a letter via Tangier dated June 15th which was a grand quick journey & seemed, in a strange way, to lessen the distance between us. And now love I am just looking forward each day for your next letter. I have not sent a cable since
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July 12th. It is rather an expensive proposition, the last two with prepaid replies cost 21/3 but you may be sure I shall try to keep in touch with you by this means, say once in 3 or 4 weeks & of course any special news would always be an excuse for an extra cable. A large ‘plane has just passed over here & it reminded me of a letter from Mrs Bell. She wondered if you were in the plane which came down very low over the farm to wave to 2 girls who were picnicking in the hayfield. That was about [inserted] rather more than [/inserted] a year ago – just about the time you were making the journeys there. Last year at this time you were at R. (just remembered I mustn’t write the name) & I just live once again those days of eager hope & anticipation of 7 days leave. – a leave which never materialized. I was very surprised to learn from your letter of June 15th that you had permission to go into town with a guard. That seemed to mean a big change from your former privileges in Algerie & I am eagerly awaiting news from you in Aumale. I wonder if it is worth spending your precious allowance on Air Mail stamps love. Your letter of May 11th took nine weeks to come & the Ordinary mails from Kef sometimes arrived here in ten or elven [sic] weeks & they do not seem to take so long from Algerie. I don’t want to feel that you are using money which might buy you food etc. on letters to us altho’ [inserted] as [/inserted] I have so often told you I just live for news from you & days of joyous reunion. Dad is busy hammering away trying to make a box (used for storing the surplus from the tool shed at Kensal.) water tight against the winter. All our love. Mother & Dad
755052 Hudson
Camp Militaire
Afrique du Nord.



P Hudson, “Letter to Douglas Hudson from his parents,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed June 26, 2022, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/23256.

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