Letter to Douglas Hudson from his parents



Letter to Douglas Hudson from his parents


Reports still no letters or replies to her latest cables. Writes of weather and some of their activities. Mentions visit to Cable and Wireless to discus pre-paid replies but does not think they need a monthly account. Encloses strip cartoon from Daily Chronicle. Writes of past boxing matches. Hopes he is getting over his inoculations.




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Two page handwritten letter and newspaper cutting


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191 Halifax Road
Nelson Lancs.
Sunday. June 28th/42
My dear Douglas.
It seems a long time since I had any news of you as there is still no reply to my cables of June 6th & 20th & your last letter is dated March 11th. The days just pass away & I try to picture you. We are almost at the end of June & so far have had very little real summer weather. The days, many of them, are bright & sunny but a very cool wind makes warm clothing necessary still. I never remember going back to woollen dresses after beginning to wear summer ones but have had to do so this month. This evening is beautiful with blue sky & sunshine & marvellous visibility. Dad & I are hoping it will be fine tomorrow. I have an appointment with Mr Hazel at 11 a.m. Afterwards I shall call for Mrs Clayton & we will meet Dad in town & have lunch together. I intend to call at the Cable & Wireless Co. about the cables. In my last letter to you I mentioned that they suggested that you send your cables “Receiver to pay” & have a monthly account. I do not think the small amount of business justifies the keeping of a monthly account but will let you know what they say tomorrow.
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The funny picture enclosed is from today’s Chronicle. I hope it is allowed to reach you. It seems very funny to me. I wonder if you know that our one-time hero of the ring Pilot-Officer Len Harvey was knocked through the ropes in the second round of his fight with Freddie Mills for 3 championship titles & incidentally knocked out for the first time in his career. The fight was for a sum of £3,500 but according to a newspaper report taxation & other expenses would only leave him about £1500. Have you taken up boxing again? I am always wondering how you pass your time. Well love there doesn’t seem to be much news to tell you. As I sit & write I look out on to a very beautiful world trees & plants moving gently in the summer breeze & birds of many kind twittering & chirping around. It is sad to think of war & devastation & suffering in the midst of so much beauty. Two years ago just at this time you were getting over the effects of inoculation. A year ago you were at Medea. I wonder what news next year will have for us. We just keep on hoping, & praying, for peace & joyous reunion. We will have a real holiday all together then. Goodbye now love once again. Hope to have more news next time after seeing Mrs Clayton.
Always all our love & thoughts & prayers from
Mother & Dad.
755052 Hudson
Camp Militaire
Laghouat Algerie.



P Hudson, “Letter to Douglas Hudson from his parents,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed May 20, 2024, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/23702.

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