Letter from Harold Gorton to his wife



Letter from Harold Gorton to his wife


He writes of his family at Christmas, a packet of cigarettes, train times between London and Cambridge and hotels in Cambridge.




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[Royal Air Force crest]
It’s 11.20, I’ve just got up & had a bit of breakfast, and I’m writing to you in the front room while Alice & Mother are getting the dinner ready.
I do hope your Christmas passed off pleasantly. I should have enjoyed the time here but for the fact that all the time I had a sort of gnawing thought at the back of my mind, wishing I was with you.
The pleasantest part of the whole time was yesterday morning. We were all in the living room, with the presents on the table, when Alice brought Jennifer down. Practically as soon as she was through the door, Jennifer saw her doll, which had been propped up on the table. She just said “Baby”, got the doll in her arms, & lost interest in the rest of the proceedings.
Jennifer is very bonny, but small for her age. She can say single words like “Daddy,” but no more as yet.
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Her name for me is “Cuncle”.
Mother has got 20 Senior Service for you, but I didn’t put them in the parcel as I thought they might get squashed. I shall probably smoke them myself if you don’t come here in the near future, but they are really for you.
I looked up some trains for you on Thursday, just in case you do want to go to Cambridge.
Here they are:
Aber: 9.31
Newport: 10.38
Paddington: 1.25
Kings X: 3.21
Cambridge: 5.30
For the return journey:
Cambridge: 9.25 9.31 10.25 11.4
Kings X: 11.33 11.51 12.20 12.40
Paddington: 1.55
Newport: 5.9.
Percy says that a lot of the hotels in Cambridge have been taken
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over, but suggests the Red Lion in addition to the University Arms.
I told Jimmy that you wanted the type writer [sic]. I didn’t tell him to send it to you as soon as he got back to Wyke, because I thought that perhaps you’d prefer to wait until you moved, so as to save carrying. If you want it now, however, just let me or Alice know and it will be sent on as soon as possible.
There seemed to be such a lot of things I wanted to say, but they’ve all gone out of my he[inserted]a[/inserted]d now, & I’ve no letter to answer, as I missed Thursday’s post at Cark.
So that’s all for now, darling.
All my love,



Harold Gorton, “Letter from Harold Gorton to his wife ,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed March 21, 2023, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/9165.

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