Another nice letter from you this a.m. #67. It was delayed somewhere along the way as I have had Nos. 70 & 71 for two or three days. The gloves arrived Dearie and I'm mighty pleased with them. I must be honest though and say that this weather is very mild and spring like. In fact the grass is very green, flowers are well advanced and, all in all, there is little possibility of any more cold weather this spring. However, Sweetheart I more than appreciate them. Let us hope that I shall get my 'wings' soon, then I shall most certainly wear them an altitude more susceptible to cold.
Bill got away this morning. He seemed to have enjoyed his visit here. It was very quiet for him. He was .....??.....was so because he prefers to be quiet and free to relax. We took in three or four shows, pictures. Apart from that we just walked about enjoying the scenery. I thought we would be able to get a dance in, but Bill didn't seem to be too keen about it so we didn't bother. He takes his work very seriously and is making very good progress. In fact he is becoming quite ambitious to get on and I firmly believe he will make a good showing as time goes on.
I received very little mail this week. It must be everybody's week off. I can't understand why my letters to you should be held up for such long intervals. I write regularly three and four times a week. It must bey very trying for you to have to wait so long between letters. If I don't get a letter from yo with ....?...... I'm just about bugs! So far I have been very fortunate. Your letters seem to come with a considerable degree of regularity.
I don't know whether you could make head or tail of my last letter. I undertook to explain that we hold a commission agreement signed by the Irving Lumber Co. in connection with the Atlas Traders Ltd. deal which we negotiated. I am anxious to pay off L.V. Wright & Co. (King-Victoria Ltd.) what we owe him and I thought we might as well get that commission in if Atlas Traders Ltd. has purchased the premises in accordance with the option contained in their lease. If they (Atlas Traders Ltd.) have not yet exercised this option to purchase, I think it would be a good thing to give L.V. Wright (on Bay St.) the commission agreement or let him collect the commission .....?...... the deal is closed. In the meantime perhaps he would be good enough to give you a receipt for rent paid in full subject of course to the successful closing of the deal. I always hate to bother you with business matters, Dearie, and perhaps you won't care to look into this matter or to bother with it. Don't let it worry you in any event. You can refer to the assessment role at the city hall and see if the record there shows Atlas Traders Ltd. as "owners" or just tenants. Sometimes the records at City Hall are not quite up to date.
I hope you have received some post cards of Torquay which I have sent under separate cover. I want you to come over awful much and would like to tempt you good and hard.
Heaps of love Sweetheart and many thanks for the kisses and hugs which I devour. Now turn over and I won't snore but I won't let you sleep either.
Heaps of love and kisses
Note: this letter was slightly damaged. Some words were missing and I've guessed, hopefully correctly, at a few others.
Sat. Mar. 29th/41
Saturday once again. How quickly the weeks pass. When I think of being here already over a month it doesn't seem possible.
This afternoon I went out shopping. I think I spent 13 shillings. Such items as table covering (for my desk), coat hangers, ink stand, blotters, book ends and .....?...... Prices are very high for almost everything. One has to be ever ready to think of a substitute for anything he wants. Choice of variety is not possible now and one is content with whatever suits or is possible to 'fill the bill'. However there is certainly no shortage as one can always make out with what is available and not have to endure hardship.
I wonder what you are doing tonight. Like making something for somebody. You certainly could put out your shingle for almost any kind of business Dearie, if I would let you. You must obtain my consent first. The need is greatest over here and I know of a very wonderful job here that you can do and if you were here I'm sure you would do it mighty well. Would you care to try it? You must get here first before I tell you what the job is.
Phillips got back yesterday. He and his wife spent a very enjoyable few days in Wales. It rained almost every day they complained of the cold. We had quite a bit of rain here so they didn't miss anything. It was dreadfully cold here today. Almost like a March day in Toronto. The climate here in Torquay is very much milder, on the whole, than it is a bit farther north in England. Notwithstanding that, we get the odd cold day here that fairly freezes one. It is not an intense cold but on shivers almost all day long.
I hear a warning. Jerry has not been over these parts, at night for quite a while. He would come now that I'm duty officer. There is nothing to do in any case unless he takes the notion of dropping a few tokens about. He is not likely to do this in these parts.
I have almost mastered signals. I can rattle the Morse code at almost six or seven words a minute. It is interesting to see how one gets onto it. It seems to be hopeless at first. Soon one gets the sound of the dot and dash firmly fixed in his mind and very gradually he will notice that letters become nothing more than combinations of dots and dashes. Unfortunately for me I took Greek and when I see a freehand printed "y" or "v" I'm blessed if I don't take them for the Greek characters of 'gamma' and 'no'. ..........hey what? I thought I forgotten all my Greek long ago. I hope to take my test next week.
I heard from Betty today. She is planning to go home about the 4th of April for Easter. I don't know whether she will return to Ipswich again or not. Her term ends I think sometime in April. Maybe at Easter for all I know. Olive is with Douglas somewhere in Sussex. She is driving their car and it might be that Olive and Betty will blow in here on their way to Chippenham. I wouldn't put it pasy them. It will depend on how much time Betty has to spare.
Bill is likely with his unit by this time. He had to report back today. He went on to London yesterday and spent last night there. I enjoyed having him here very much. He is developing and maturing pretty much as we thought he would. He is very conscientious about his duties which will go far to advance him.
Well Sweetheart, why don't you surprise me and spring up from under this table. I wouldn't do anything but love you all night. Heaps and heaps of love and a big hug and kiss--now go to sleep and happy dreams.
So many officers were working at Torquay, simply marking time. Not our Jones. He was busy taking courses and learning everything he could. It would all stand him in good stead.