Letter to Jack Newton from mlle de Jongh



Letter to Jack Newton from mlle de Jongh


Was glad to receive his letter and reminisces about time he spent with her as well as mentioning other people. Asks him and his wife to come and stay if he ever gets to Belgium.



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Two page handwritten letter


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Dear Jack,

May I continue to call you so, as I did when you were with us, in Belgium and France? I was so happy to receive your letter - you are the first of my “children” who has written - and I do remember. I remember you have shown us a lot of photographics of Mary - I remember too, when we had to go back to the farm, you said “bye, bye, Mary” looking at the Spanish mountains. I remember you told me that you had known your wife since you were a little boy - and I remember, at least, you said I should come and see her, one day.

You see, I am a good mother: I don’t forget anything about my children.

Excuse me if I don’t speak a good English, but I have become quite stupid in

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the German gaols!

I am very sad to hear that Birk is dead. He was such a good boy, and I really liked him very much.

But when I received your letter, I was so happy to see you were still all right. I always was so anxious about all my “children” and in prison, in France, Belgium and Germany, I was thinking of them all the time, and hoping they would be lucky.

My dear Jack, if you come one day to Belgium, ask Mary to come with you, and come together to my home. I shall be really glad to see you both - and I am impatient to know your wife, about whom you spoke to me so much. And don’t forget: if you are one of my children, she is my daughter in law, and she must come to see her mother in law!

Once again, excuse my bad English. I hope you will understand in spite of all the mistakes.

Sincerely yours

[underlined] Dédéz [/underlined]


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