Letter to Douglas Hudson from his parents



Letter to Douglas Hudson from his parents


Reports sending him a cable and quotes content. Explains that cables have been sent with pre-paid reply for him. Says it will be expensive and asks that he keep that in mind when composing messages. Mentions receiving a cable from him with account of his letters and that only one was missing from that year. Reports no letters from him but that his latest indicates that their letters were taking a long time to reach him. Mentions fathers holiday week was over they caught up with friend's news. Carries on to describe some activities including a visit to Skipton. Concludes with more news of friends.




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Two page handwritten letter


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[inserted] 11-8-42 [/inserted]
My dear Douglas.
This morning rain has just poured down & Dad & I have been into town to send a cable to you as follows. “Delighted cable [inserted] received [/inserted] thirtieth. No prepaid reply today. Send your message “Receiver to pay”. Letters despatched will explain. Holiday week now ended. Both well. All love. Hudson.” My last two letters to you have explained that we have arranged for you to send your replies to my cables “receiver to pay” & we have agreed to pay the account monthly. The charge is heavy = the man we saw in Manchester couldn’t tell us exactly what it was but more than 4 1/2d per word owing to the higher rate of exchange = so you will bear that in mind won’t you when compiling your messages. When Dad & I got in from Nelson we found a cable awaiting us & I gather that this last one is really the reply to the message sent on June 6th. You say thirty-seven letters received No 38 latest. That means that only one letter has failed to reach you this year which is marvellous. Don’t you agree? We have not had any letters for some weeks the latest is dated March 11th. I am always looking for the postman with your letters. To revert
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to my letters to you. My little index tells me that No 38 was written on April 29th so it appears that the letters are taking longer to reach you as both the cables received from you are dated June 29th. One received Tues. 30th & the other one today July 4th. Now Dad’s little holiday is over & we’ve had an enjoyable week with beautiful weather up to Friday morning which broke dull & cloudy with very poor visibility. We were very disappointed, as Mr & Mrs Hole were here for the day & we did want them to see our grand view. Nevertheless we had a very happy day & I think they enjoyed being with us as much as we enjoyed having them. They are wonderfully brave, as they await eagerly & anxiously, news of Ted, reported missing in Malaya, in March. Dad & I went to Skipton Wednesday morning & had lunch at the old favourite “Old Tea Shop” in High Street. It seemed very much changed from the old days. We were going up to see Mr Holmes when Mr Hole was at his door talking to a strange gentleman & he [deleted] has [/deleted] [inserted] was [/inserted] delighted to see Dad. Of course we had to go in there & received a very kind welcome from Mrs Hole. I just popped up to No 32 but Mr Holmes was away at business by that time. May & her husband (Jack has been injured at his munitions work & is under doctor’s care) were at home & wanted us to go there, too. Since Mrs Holmes’s death they have all lived at 32 during the week & at May’s home at the weekend where Mr Holmes takes much interest in the garden. Once again my page is filled so Goodbye for a day or two 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 June 22, 2024, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/23723.

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