222 Northfield Rd.
King's Norton, B'ham
Nos. 42 & 43 are bundles of papers.
How are you tonight Dearie. I have just been listening to the inaugural ceremonies of the new president of the U.S.A. What a grand event it was. His support of democracy was forceful and well reasoned. There is no question in my mind, Rooseveldt is the leading spirit in the world today. His power and responsibility during the next four years will be truly great, if he is spared. He is very highly regarded by all in the British Isles.
Not a letter from my Love for ten days or more. I'm coming to get you. I noticed by the press the other day that ten passenger steamers were sunk last week. Perhaps they were coming this way and I hate to think it, maybe they were carrying your letters. Just wait until I get hold of Jerry.
Friday I received a card from Betty to the effect that she has secured a position at Ipswich and that she was planning to stay off in London for the week-end, and for me to meet her at 2:40 p.m. train, Paddington Stn., Saturday.
I spent most of Friday evening pressing, cleaning my McIntosh and hat and generally sprucing up. Saturday afternoon I had to go to Peckham to get my new ration book, which delayed me almost two hours. However, Betty's train, due at 2:40, didn't arrive until 5:30. We telephoned Miss Sendamore that we would be along about 7 p.m., had a cup of tea and a bun and took the underground for Richmond. Miss Sendamore was waiting for us with a hot supper. We sat and talked before a cheerful fire (although I shivered as the room was very cold) until 11 p.m. We then retired to rise again at 8 a.m., as Betty had planned to take the 8:30 a.m. train from Richmond in order to make connections at Liverpool St. Stn. for Ipswich. I went along with Betty to a station called Stourfield or some such name and then returned to Liverpool St. Stn. about 11 a.m. I then sent you greetings for a Happy Birthday. I do hope you received the cable in good time. From the station I walked through the city of London to where 53A bus stopped and it brought me back to Bonamy St. again.
The house was perishing cold (no fire had been on since Sat. a.m.) so I built a fire and went on to Blackheath to look up some friends of Atlee Clark of Montreal. I had to call at 142 Blackheath Hill to see if there was any mail for Olive and her friend there, a Miss Davis, very kindly asked me in for tea. I must have been very cold as she made me sit close to the fireplace and believe it or not it was ten o'clock before I got away. Consequently I didn't see Atlee's friends. However Miss Davis was very pleasant and she was interesting as she was able to tell me much about shipping in the great Port of London, her father is a Thames pilot. She has asked me to call again sometime between now and Friday. I have told her much about you and she agrees with me that you would be quite safe over here and is very anxious to meet you. She is on the staff of one of the barge concerns on this section of the Thames.
Today was the first day that we have had to quit work on account of the weather. We worked until noon, but the rain was so heavy the foreman called us off the job at noon. I got cleaned up as usual, purchased my rations at the grocer's and have not long had supper.
Miss Sendamore is very interested in her new duty of fire watching. Her entire teaching staff have to spend a night per fortnight looking about the school premises for fire bombs. They don't actually have to leave the shelter unless a raid is on, but, while on duty, they must keep awake. Then, she tells me, that apart from her school duty, she will have to spend a night per week fire watching in the neighbourhood.
Roll on tomorrow and bring a letter from my girl.
Heaps of love Sweetheart. Happy dreams and take good care of yourself. A big kiss or hug. I won't snore anymore.
Nos. 34 & 38 each contained a 1 pound note. Hope Jerry didn't get them."
9 Bonamy St.
London, S.E. 1
What a treat I've had. Three letters from you! Nos. 45, 46,47. No. 44 is missing as yet. I feel quite a new man now. I do get terribly restless and anxious whenever I have to wait an extra day or so for your letters. They give me great strength and keep me hopeful beyond any other thing in the world.
I'm so glad you had a tree for Xmas--even if it was small and I wasn't there to hep you bedeck it. My thoughts were with you as I recall clearly my saying at frequent intervals what you would be doing at different times over the Xmas season. I am also very glad that others thought of you and so kindly remembered you.
I am sorry to hear of Irwin Hooey's death. Such a young promising lad. It is so very hard to understand such trials. He was in bad condition when they brought him back from the North.
Poor John is having his difficulties with his car. I hope it does play up a bit. He needs something like an obstreperous car to ruffle him a bit. At any rate it will give him something to play with.
I'm astonished how quickly Marjorie is developing. It speaks well of your ability and capability Sweetheart. I do hope when young Bill comes along you won't be tired out caring for children. [They had decided not to have any children until after the war, but if a son, 'Bill' would be his name--and it is.] I really do believe you love them and would manage them superbly. I'm willing to take the chance on you Dearie at any rate. I wish I were as confident of myself as I am of you. Perhaps the economic barrier will not always stand in our way.
I was amused by Wilson's note and very pleased to hear from Paterson. It has taken me right back home for a short visit.
I do hope you receive letters 34 & 38 as each contain a 1 pound note and I now how much you need the money. I ran myself short last week. I think I told you earlier that I didn't get Betty anything for Xmas. I hadn't the wherewithal at that time after I had got something for the others. I spend 29 s. and got her a purse handbag to match a new blue coat and hat that she got sometime before Xmas. I hope you won't scold me Dearie. I wanted to express my appreciation for all she has done for me and I know you would have acquiesced in what I did, had you been here. I got it at a very large and old established concern, Jones & Higgins, Peckham--about half a mile from this address. It was a real bargain and seemed to be just the thing she wanted. I always teased her about the quantity of stuff she carried in her brown purse. Every time she wanted the key to the house, it took her five minutes of digging into the mess in her purse. The one I got her has many compartments. Write and tease her about the maze of places to put things. She declares that she will have to draw a plan of it and memorize where things are. I do feel a bit more 'squared with the board' as it were and am very glad she is please with it. I shall have to make it up to you Sweetheart.
Oh! By the way, before I forget it, what things in Spa pottery would you like most? I have discovered the pottery works to be only a block away from me and I'm told that local people can purchase anything they want there at very reasonable prices. I won't send them on to you but I'll get what you want and store them here to take back with us, when we return after we have had our trip. Be sure and let me know as it is an opportunity.
It was mighty good of Walt & Will to make the furnace right. I do appreciate it Sweetheart although I'm helpless at present to show my appreciation.
At the Old Mill, he what. I'm glad but I wish I were there with you, I have happy memories. Heaps of love, kisses and hugs. No, I won't snore.