Letter from Pat Hogan to Miss Marie Hogan



Letter from Pat Hogan to Miss Marie Hogan


Reports arrival of very welcome cakes. Asks after friends and family and writes of future plans to visit Dorset with engineer. Mentions listening to radio for home news and and other domestic financial matters. says he owes other friends/family letters which he should get on with. Writes of just completing a long flight which went well and that with some decent weather they should soon be getting a taste of the real McCoy. States that Halifax is a pleasure to fly in. Mentions he will be sending home photographs but they will take some time to arrive. Asks after friends and family members.




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Dear Marie,

When writing to Dad last night I promised I'd also write you before this service gives the game away for Christmas. Tonight 2 cakes arrived, one from Doreen Phelan & one from yourself & both are in excellent condition. You've no idea how welcome they are just at the moment here for tucker has been extremely light on lately & there is nothing like a bit of supper these long cold nights.

Mary Ryan's flash in the pan was a bit of a surprise, wasn't it? I'd better write to congratulate her I suppose one of these days.

I'll be interested to know where Dan's future destination will be. I hope the debating & the concert are not too much strain. I suppose both must be over 'ere this.

I seem to have covered everything last night for I seem to be racking my brain for something to write about. I mentioned considering trying to get to Ireland sometime. Probably a long way off

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for the next one, I've promised to go down to Dorset with the engineer. Christmas leave is cancelled again this year – not that we'd get it anyway for we could hardly claim it was due to us.

Tonight being Tuesday we'll be listening in once to Anne Shelton's programme which is followed by the Australian news. Thanks for the statement re the Bank Balance. It will be handy when I get home I've no doubt but, by the time I buy clothes etc, I'll have to try to settle down & save for many a long day before I could even settle down in the other sense. Don't get the wrong idea though it is just a thought, there is nothing concrete in it.

It is a long while since I've written to Jim & Eileen too, for that matter & will have to try to get round the lot one of these fine days. I also owe Doreen a letter. I've got a pretty decent book I'm half finished at the moment “The Ballad & the Source” by Rosamond Lehman.

I’m terribly tired tonight for we had a long trip today, our first for a long time. I did the best trip I've ever done & it is very reassuring at this stage of the game for it is only a matter of a little more decent weather & we will soon be getting a taste of the real McCoy.

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These Halifaxes are wizard & I'll go so far as to say its almost a pleasure to fly in them. As I told Dad we had a decent week-end in a city which is reasonably handy.

By the way, I'll be sending home a few photos & what not home one of these days. But I guess it will be sometime before they reach you.

How is Uncle Jim faring lately? Has he lobbed the [indecipherable word] yet? And what of Mary Knight? Is young Phillips still around or has his father improved?

Well Marie, I seem to be beating around the bush in an endeavour to fill this up without repeating what I said last night. By the way, how did Doreen's exams go. Kev will soon be relieved of his too, no doubt.
Love to you all,

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Miss Marie Hogan
67 Chapel St.,
Bendigo Vic




P J Hogan, “Letter from Pat Hogan to Miss Marie Hogan ,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed October 7, 2022, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/31946.

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