Letter to Douglas Hudson from his parents



Letter to Douglas Hudson from his parents


Writing to make up for not doing so over Easter. Says granddad was coming to stay for two weeks. Comments on the weather. Says days drag when she does not get letter from him but that it was a great joy to get his cables. No news of friend reported missing. Asks if he received books sent by a friend. Writes of spring in the local countryside. Mentions book about Laghouat that she had read. Writes about Victorian stamps on a letter she received which might have value in the future.




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Two page handwritten letter


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191 Halifax Road
Nelson Lancs.
Friday p.m. 10/4/42
My dear Douglas.
Dad has just gone out again so here’s my little talk with you. It was only yesterday morning that I wrote my last letter to you but as I did not write at all during Easter I feel I must make up arrears. There is not much news to tell you. I told you yesterday that Grandad is coming on Tuesday to stay with us for two weeks so I hope the weather will improve a little. Today has been better but still a bitter wind makes out-of-doors conditions unpleasant. This evening has been bright & beautiful with the lovely sunset that brings you very near to me. I always wonder if it is like that with you & if circumstances permit you to enjoy it as I do. I am always so happy to have your letters but soon the days begin to drag again as each one passes without news from you. It seems that I shall have to get used to the long delays as the mails, ever since you have been at Laghouat, have been very long delayed. I told you what joy your cable of April 7th brought to us. It is two weeks today since my sad journey to Skipton to attend Mrs Holmes’ funeral & to visit Mr & Mrs Hole & try to cheer & encourage them in their time of great anxiety. There is still no further news of Ted, reported missing in Malaya, but we just keep on praying for his safety & well-being. My correspondence has been
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very neglected since Christmas. I really must try to wipe off some arrears. I wrote to Mrs Clayton at 7-30 this morning. Last night we had a few minutes broadcast by an officer from an Octu school & I was thinking much about John & wondering if it might be his school.
Did you receive the book that Mrs Clayton said she sent for you? If so will you tell me the title. Mrs Clayton said it was by John Buchan but she could not remember the title. I was excited today to find one tiny pink bud on my apple tree It has looked so dead that I had fears for it’s recovery, but am now more hopeful. I try to picture the country around you in these days of Spring & wonder what the blossoms of lemon & fig & date trees look like. It is easy for me to visualize your courtyard after the rain – with the pools of sand & water. I’m so glad to have read the story of Laghouat. There was a splendid picture of the Barracks which helps me [inserted] to [/inserted] capture a little of the “atmosphere” of your abode. The letter received from Grandad yesterday is stamped with five Victoria halfpenny stamps – three [deleted] black [/deleted] blue & two pinks. They near quite distinct post-marks 1942 & I wonder if in future they might have some financial value. Anyhow I will put them away to your collection. Yes love I have kept every one of your letters since November 10th/39 so there is a good variety of stamps on them too. Now once again the page is used so I must say Goodnight.
All our love & thoughts & prayers are ever with you.
Mother & Dad.
755052 Hudson
Camp Militaire
Algerie North Africa.



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