"222 Northfield Rd.
King's Norton, Birmingham
Sat. Sept. 28th/40
My it was good to receive your letter yesterday dated Sunday Sept. 8th. My girl was in bed with a cold. I do hope you are all better now Dearie. You must not overtax your strength in any way. I trust that Marjorie will not be too much for you to care for. If you think she is at any time, please make other arrangements and spare yourself for my sake. [Marjorie is the baby daughter of the Flaffertys mentioned in the previous letter.]
I received a letter from Mother also. She is greatly worried as she has not heard a word from me. I have written her from each place I have been stationed long enough to write and I can't understand whatever has happened to my letters. Please keep her informed as you get news from me, Dearie, and that will help her a lot. She is marvelous to bear up as she does and I hope we shall have the pleasure of having her with us yet before she goes from us.
I was surprised to hear that both Doug and Cecil [Jones' brothers] are in the army. How in the world did Doug ever manage it. Yet I with twice the physique could not get to first base. Unfair I calls it.
It is just nine o'clock in the morning. Miss Sendamore and Miss Day have gone away from Richmond for the weekend, leaving Miss Glidden in charge of the house. The maid and her mother are here also. The three women slept in the day, out all night from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. and I had my usual place on the makeshift bed in the living room. At six a.m. when the 'all clear' sounded I went out and called them. They made themselves a cup of tea and turned in. As yet I have heard nobody but the maid and her mother in the kitchen. I got up at 8 a.m. and went about half a mile down the road to get some pieces of lumber for extra two bunks in the shelter. I just got back with our load and will have breakfast before I return for the rest.
It is a beautiful morning and it's a shame that a war has to be on.
I hear them calling out for breakfast and Betty is just coming downstairs.
Heaps of love Sweetheart and please take good care of yourself.
A great big hug and kiss and shake that old cold off right away. Sorry I'm not there to keep you tucked in.
And then another longer letter to make up for this short one.
"222 Northfield Rd.
King's Norton, Birmingham
I was so glad to receive your letter yesterday morning. Thanks for the addresses and especially Churchill's. It sounded as if you were feeling a bit more like yourself although your throat was still bothering you at night. I do hope nothing further develops and that by the time you receive this letter all traces of it will be gone.
I was surprised to hear that Pat Shaw has arrived in England. I shall contact him just as soon as I can by post. I have not been able to find Chris Martin. The letter, which I sent to him some time ago arrived back to me yesterday with postal authorities comment that Martin has moved away. I shall still hope to find him someway or other.
You have done the impossible, Honey, in carrying on as you have. Surely your reward is soon to come. I'm sure the house looks better than it has ever looked. I'm in full agreement with you, Sweetheart, that we should not lose our home, and I certainly hope that we never shall. [There were mortgage payments to be made.] Still and all I need you here with me most desperately and as soon as I am finally settled I hope to be able to make satisfactory arrangements. I want you to council me, keep me spirited and generally scold me to keep me in proper shape. Apart from that I want you to see this country with me and to give you the chance to relax and enjoy yourself after all these years of anxiety and worry.
Miss Sendamore, Miss Day and Betty are still sleeping and it is almost nine o'clock. Last night was comparatively quiet, our ack'ack guns were active for a while during the night and the 'all clear' wasn't sounded until the usual time six this morning. The girls (the above mentioned) came in from the dugout as soon as the 'all clear' was sounded.
I have completed the bunks in the dugout for which all are very grateful. They are all able to lie down comfortably now and sleep through the night except when it is very noisy.
I received a formal acknowledgement from the Secretary of State today (8 o'clock) to the affect that my application is to be given immediate attention. Gee am I tired waiting! Surely I shall not have to endure such inactivity much longer. Everybody here is very kind to me and make me feel very much at home. I am most anxious that you meet them all. Miss Sendamore is very much like Helen in manner and has quite an English air as have also Miss Day & Betty. I know you will fall in love with Miss Day. She is very tall, beautiful eyes and facial expression and a most interesting and easy expression in speech. She is very charming and I imagine most efficient as a school mistress. Betty is your own double if ever there could be two peas alike you two are. She is a bit shorter than you are but as quick in thought and speech as you are and always has something to say. She teaches the junior grades and to see her with them you have difficulty in picking out the teacher. She resembles her aunt Miss Slade in many respects insofar as eyes, nose and hair are concerned. I imagine she would make jolly company for a bunch of girls as she is usually laughing wherever she is. She has been mighty good to me and declares she is not the least bit tired of my presence here. Believe me I more than appreciate what all are doing for me. Without their assistance I could not manage things so easily. I have endeavored to make myself useful since I have been here by doing odd jobs of all sorts. They all were so upset when I came here, because of the bombing next door, they were more than glad that I was going to stay awhile. I have done much to restore life here to normal again and the nerve-racking affects of the incident are somewhat passing off.
I received letters from Mim Slade, Mrs. Banister and Dulcie Banister yesterday. They all are patiently waiting to see me. I shall try to make a visit to Birmingham before long, but believe me I am not anxious to lose any more time in getting down to work.
Last weekend we stayed right here. I worked all day Saturday except for a spell of about three hours from 3 to 6 o'clock when Betty and I went for a short paddle and made tea on the bank of the Thames. The air was cool but all in all it was good canoeing. This weekend if I am still here, will likely find us again at Ascot, Betty's brother's home. Martin has telephoned and asked us to come over again if we have time and I am free. I like Martin very much and shall look forward to another visit there. Martin's brother Arnold, who I met at Chippenham, is an invalid. I think I told you in one of my previous letters that he has an incurable throat, and it is only a matter of time before he succumbs. It is such a pity to see so young a person and such a fine chap, in that condition. He becomes depressed occasionally and of course that sets him back quite a bit and his speech becomes very thick.
I think you must have failed to receive some of my letters which I sent from Iceland. I'm sorry about that because they gave a long account of life there and I know you would have found them interesting. However I have oodles to tell you Sweetheart and when you come over we are going to crawl away to one of the beauty spots of this country and just um . . . um . . . um . . . .
This is Wednesday. I count the days and hours between posts.
I'm very glad that you called Ferguson to do the decorating for you.
Now Dearie if you were here today I'm afraid we should have to spend the hours outside in the beautiful autumn sun. It is just one of those days that would tempt us to run off to the lakes. Are you all ready?
You should have seen the array of coleus I saw last Sunday in Richmond Park. So many varieties I never dreamed of. I am going to try to get slips to send you.
Heaps of love and kisses and a big hug for my Sweetheart to put her to sleep.
I do wish I could cable you before this week is out to let you know that I am settled. Pray hard Dearie and perhaps it will be so.