Letter to Douglas Hudson from his parents



Letter to Douglas Hudson from his parents


Reports arrival of cable from him but a little puzzled by content but glad for news. Writes about her latest cable. Mentions father's visit to Cable and Wireless in Manchester to arrange for him to send cable through them and they will pay. Mentions cable cost 4 1/2 pence per word from England but more from Algeria. Writes about visit to Manchester and finding it tidied up and cheerful looking. Catches up with news of friends, closes with comment on weather.




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Two page handwritten letter


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191 Halifax Road
Nelson, Lancs.
Tues. June 30th/42
My dear Douglas.
I was delighted to have a cable from you this morning as follows Laghouat 9.30 a.m. 29th. “Delighted cable sixth regret delay in replying please my letters are arriving well all love Hudson.” But am rather puzzled by the phraseology. It is not really like your messages. All the same it is news from you & most welcome. My last news (cable) was on June 2nd. To revert to your message why “the delay in replying”? I do hope you are quite well. Yesterday Dad & I went to Manchester & to the Cable & Wireless people. In two previous letters I have told you about their communications. We arranged that you can send messages through them to us & we pay the account monthly. The man said you had applied to their Co. in Algiers for them to make that arrangement. That puzzled me very much. I thought you would have asked us to make any different arrangements you preferred. The man also said that many of your companions were using the service. The charge is rather heavy – from here it is 4 1/2 per word & more from Algerie owing to the higher rate of exchange, so will [inserted] you [/inserted] use
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discretion in compiling [inserted] compiling [/inserted] your messages won’t you. We still await reply to our cable of June 30th for which we sent prepaid reply value 5/6.
As I have already mentioned we went to Manchester yesterday & were agreeably surprised to find it very much tidied up & more cheerful looking. Last time I saw it it [sic] was a very sad & depressing sight & the same remark applies equally well to Mrs Clayton. When I arrived there at 10-30 she was just waiting for the doctor to visit Miss Howarth (who is apparently very ill) & as you will easily imagine even fuller that usual of groans & grumbles. She looks very ill & is even thinner than ever. I could not help but feel very sorry altho’ I now have very little patience with the goings on. John got his commission three weeks ago & expects leave in about three more weeks. Mrs Clayton says he is now very friendly with a girl from London & that she is encouraging the association & has had the girl to stay with them.
Well love there doesn’t seem to anything very interesting to write. Again it has been a very beautiful day with bright sunshine & a pleasant breeze & we have spent the afternoon in the garden. I have finished the book “The rains came” but cannot recommend it. As I remarked before I wonder why ever such a book is written. Goodnight love once again. Always all our love & thoughts & prayers are with you. Mother & Dad
755052 Hudson
Camp Militaire
Laghouat Algerie.



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