9 Bonamy St.,
Comberwell, S.E.I.\Jan 1st/41
I was very glad to receive No. 40 today. It contained the cutting of the Toronto Star reporting the Mrs. Nielson meeting at Maple Leaf Gardens. I was very glad to receive it and am very glad that Colder and others are doing something to keep the home fires burning.
I don't understand why you are not receiving more letters from me. I write three and four each week Sweetheart. Why not let me know what numbers you have received or are missing. I will have some idea then of how they are arriving and can gauge how best to send them.
The wind was strong today from the east and north-east--with a decided drop in temperature. I don't seem to mind it though. Others are complaining about the cold. Mrs. Doran told me that her washing froze this afternoon when she put it on the line outside. I didn't think it was quite that cold. I was seventy feet up in the air still roofing. I am in charge of the roofing now with four men with me. The job will last two or three weeks yet at least. It is a wonderful job to get hardened for active service and am not sorry that I took it. I have just completed a patch on the knee of my work pants. Mrs. Doran is having a great time teasing me about it. Her sister is here now and she is asking her if she wants the sleeves of her dress altered. Never mind, you can't see me and others can't see my knee. I only wear the old suit to work and in the crowd of workmen don't look unlike them. Of course in the evening I always change into my street clothes. All in all Sweetheart, I am quite presentable so don't worry about my appearance.
Now what's all this sleeplessness abut Dearie. You can't go on night after night without sleep. Please try not to worry. Now that things are shaping out as we wanted them, I should be terribly disappointed and upset if anything should happen to you. Be a brave girl as you have always been and keep up your spirits. Believe me, you are coming over here just as soon as possible where I can look after you.
When I returned from work tonight a note from Olive informed me that Doug has been ordered to move elsewhere. They have gone to Bristol (Doug's house) tonight so I am not to go over to Blackheath until Friday. I am glad for Douglas that he is getting a move. There is little or no medical experience to be got where he is now. Just where they will move to I don't know. Likely they will know by Friday. I shall miss them very much. However I shall not have much longer to remain here as I expect my move in a week or so. It is almost Providential how it has all worked out Sweetheart.
I posted two bundles of papers and a letter for you this morning. I did number the papers as they would become a mystery if they went astray and you knew nothing about them. I think I have written two or three letters and failed to number them. It will help to straighten my side up.
I haven't heard a word from Bill for three or four weeks. I have expected him to contact me since I went over last to see him just before I went to Chippenham. I shall plan to go to Sutton Saturday if Doug and Olive have gone from Blackheath.
Olive and Doug enjoyed your Xmas card very much Sweetheart. I'm sorry Betty didn't get a . . . ?
Well Sweetheart, I shall do a bit of reading before turning in. It is just after ten o'clock. Heaps of love and cover yourself well. I would love to be there to tuck you in. I don't like to think of you having to look after the old furnace. Happy dreams and solid rest.
Well, here's letter #33 again. He really was lost in his numbering system.
9 Bonamy St.
Comberwell, S.E. 1
Please excuse this writing as I'm sitting by the stove fire, lights out as meter requires a coin, trying to see. I can follow the lines but can scarcely see the spelling. Mrs. Doran is next door and I don't know the combination of the meter. People in this country don't get what they can't pay for as they use it. It's somewhat of a nuisance having to put coins in the electric meter, gas meter etc.
I was very glad to receive two letters from you today Sweetheart, Nos. 41 at noon & 39 tonight--also a New Commonwealth, which i am glad to have. I am very glad you received my letter with the 1 pound note enclosed. I feel very bad indeed that I was unable to send the 3 pounds last month. I have had to use it to pay the dentist since or I would be tempted to enclose it in one of my letters and trust my luck. Last week was a very slim revenue week--two and a half days short owing to Xmas. However, I trust to be able to help you very soon. I know there are so many things you need. I am worried lest you run short of coal and the means of getting more.
I owe Mrs. Grant a great debt of gratitude the way she drops in to see you. It is jolly good of her to be so thoughtful, though I fully realize it is no hardship for her to call on one so nice.
I wish you by way of reciprocation all happiness and my whole heart full of love accompanies this letter. Good night my love.