Letter from David Boldy to his father



Letter from David Boldy to his father


Letter from David Boldy to his father with general discussion tennis matches in London, visiting relatives and trips to the Tate Gallery and the Science Museum. He has written to the Civil Service Commissioner’s providing a character reference and decided not to take flying lessons as he is interested in the Royal Air Force cadets.




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Two page handwritten letter


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7 Wallace Street,
300, Marylebone Road,
London, N.W.1.
August 24th 1937.
My own darling Daddy,
Thank you ever so much for your letters and all your news. I am sorry to hear about poor Mrs Ardall and I hope she gets all right soon. I wrote to the Civil Service Commissioners and asked them if I could name a referee in India as I had been there all my life and they said under the circumstances they would accept one from India, so I am giving them Mrs Berties Shincoves’ name. Poor old Aunty Phylis. I do hope she gets allright [sic] soon.
As for Nievses [sic] he will soon enough do what the Frog who tied to swell himself as big as a cow did. He must really have gone nuts. Our weather has improved again and is not so bad. We played tennis the other day and Steve beat me 6-4, 8-6, though I was leading 6-5. The two sets took an hour and ten minutes so you imagine how we were playing. We stopped as our time was up. Uncle Bob and Aunty Maisie have asked us down for Sunday, specially [sic] to play tennis with Uncle Bob, so watch out! The actress has bought a car, but I wouldn’t be seen in it. Our Rolls Royce easily thrashes it so you can imagine what it is like. It is so small you can almost cart it around all over the show.
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The other day Steve and I went to the Tate Gallery. It is a beautiful place. We listened to the lecture given and though we did not pick up much, we were a little wiser than before we went. Some of the paintings were really fine.
On Sunday we went to the Science Museum. It is an enormous place with every conceivable thing in it. It is a pity you did not go to it, never mind. D.V. you will when you next come. Every kind of animal, bird, mineral, fish etc [deleted] we [/deleted] is there and it is all beautifully done up. I am getting on well at Gloucester Road and working hard. I think Mr Moore is an awful decent chap. We are now regular Londoners and can find our way about quite easily. We are no longer bashful to ask for what we want. The flat is getting on fine and the wireless doing well. We will probably listen to a relay of the Franz-Louis flight. I suppose you will listen in too, I hope Tommy Franz wins.
On second thought I am not going to take lessons in flying as I believe the Air force prefer to teach cadets themselves. I will just go up to see what it is like. Because it is a nuissance [sic] being asked how do you know [deleted] if [/deleted] you will like it. Well no more today Dad, the days are flying, God bless and keep you and bring you back safely to us. With lots of love and kisses from your loving
[underlined] son Dave [/underlined]



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