Letter from David Boldy to his father



Letter from David Boldy to his father


Letter from David Boldy to his father with general conversation about attending St. Joseph’s College, Naini Tal. Starts with a conversation about the high rainfall for the year, then discusses having been in trouble with the police, regarding an accident between himself and a man riding a horse. He was fined ten rupees, which Brother Connolly paid. He mentions the latest football results. Having read various articles about the Royal Indian Air Force, he requests some information about the Royal Air Force.




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Two page handwritten letter


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[St. Joseph’s College crest]

[underlined] 3rd August 1936. [/underlined]

My own darling Daddy.

Thanks ever so much for your letter and all your news. It will be fine fun going for launch drives. We had 46” of rain this last month and the rainfall for the year so far is 87”.

I got into a spot of trouble the other day but it was [deleted] not [/deleted] [inserted] nothing [/inserted] much. I was trotting on the lower Mall, which is meant for horses and a dash [indecipherable word] with a tin [indecipherable word] on his head, suddenly came infront [sic] of me, so I pushed the [indecipherable word] and he fell but I did not go over him. I gave him a shout and went on. The owner went to the police and the Police inspector & Sergeant were very decent to me; they chatted about our teams and all that. They compromised the case and I had to pay Rs10. Brother Connelly was very decent and would not let me pay but payed himself. The matter is finished now.

We had the exhibition match

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against the Command on Thursday, and we beat them 2-1, but it was too late. We had two penalties one of which we missed. When there was a few seconds left the wing centred and Steve headed it in (the second goal) and the [deleted] indecipherable word [/deleted] boys took him off on their shoulders, The match was not as lively as the one against the Band “A”. During the game Steve got a knock on his knee and has been at Stone cross for a couple of days, but it is thank god getting on now.

The other day I [deleted] was [/deleted] read in the papers about the Indian airforce and from that it seems very insignificant. Anyhow if you let me know how an officer rises in the next few years from a flight Lieutenant and what the pay is. I will make up my mind. Well no more news today, God bless and keep you for us, with lots of love and kisses from your loving son
[underlined] David. [/underlined]

[underlined] P.S. [/underlined] I am taking a small part in the concert, there being only two [underlined] really [/underlined] long parts which two tall fellows are acting.



David Boldy, “Letter from David Boldy to his father,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed December 7, 2023, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/464.

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