Letter to Douglas Hudson from his parents



Letter to Douglas Hudson from his parents


Writes about the weather and how she feels. Mentions visit from acquaintance and passes on news. Second page has two areas blacked out. Catches up with other correspondence and mentions that it should be cooler when he gets this letter. Reminds that it was two years ago they got terrible message and life stood still for weeks. Did not dream their separation would last longer than 2 years. Concludes with news of friends.




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Two page handwritten letter


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191 Halifax Road
Nelson Lancs.
Friday August 29th/42
My dear Douglas.
I have just returned from a little shopping outing to Nelson & I have been thinking of you & Dad all the time. The heat has been terrible & I didn’t tarry longer than necessary. We’ve groaned & grumbled as the cold wet days of summer have passed away, & now the summer heat has come, it is quite over-whelming. I thought Wednesday was the hottest day of the year but each succeeding day is hotter than the last. As I told you in my letter on Monday Elsie came from Colne yesterday afternoon & it was a fine day but too hot to do anything but sit & talk. It is very many years since we met – she has not been to our home before - & she had a very interesting story to tell of her four years in West Bromwich. You can imagine something of what the last two were like. The people with whom she lived, now live in Yorkshire, - not far from Bradford, where Elsie now lives & she appears to be very happy paying frequent visits to her very kind friends. I do admire her courage & endurance. At present she is acting as companion – housekeeper morning & evening & working for Alfred (in connection with wool control) in the afternoons. She appeared to be very surprised with the beautiful country around here & in her short stay at Colne has seen much more of the country than I have. You know what Dad is – never wants to go anywhere. Last night he was on duty so he saw Elsie on the 9 oclock
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bus to Colne before proceeding to the Works at Barrowford. We had a very [censored words] I’m sure I should not [censored words] up this morning I was [censored words] Tomorrow I am going to send you a cable with prepaid reply value 6/-. I am glad you asked us to revert to that method. It seems more satisfactory to me. We were very pleased to have a short letter from Mr Tatham this morning. He is staying at Colwyn Bay for a little rest & has probably written to you from there. He appears to be very pleased with the letter you sent him. By the time you get this letter the weather should be cooler & I am sure much more comfortable & easier to bear. I wonder if you have been thinking so much all this week about what happened two years ago. Two years ago last night the terrible message came & for many weeks life for me just stood still. Then came the glad news that brought a new lease of life but never in our wildest dreams did we imagine that the seperation [sic] would drag along to years. We just keep on hoping & praying that peace may come quickly.
I have no news of John since his birthday & am hoping he is still at the same place. My thoughts were so much with Mrs Clayton last night. I do hope she is all right. As you know she is now [censored words] Elsie brought the news that Dorothy & Eric have become engaged again. Also Mary & John. I have no particulars. Now love I will say Goodbye to you again & wander slowly, up the hill, in the blazing sun, to post your letter. I am always waiting for news of you. It is two weeks since the last letter, June 3rd arrived. Two cables on the 21st [inserted] August [/inserted] All our love Mother & Dad
755052 Hudson
Camp Militaire
Laghouat Algerie.



P Hudson, “Letter to Douglas Hudson from his parents,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed September 29, 2023, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/23775.

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