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23 February 1916 – Ted to Gertrude

23 Feb

Feb 23/1916.

 

Dear Mother

Just a line late at night to thank you most awfully for the ripping parcel I got today. Everything in it was just lovely. The attaché case is too priceless and exactly right size & shape an’ all. Tommy’s cooker, kettle, & refils all arrived safely and are most welcome. The little packet of nail scissors etc just the thing, and the writing pad & pencils extremely welcome. Thanks most awfully mother for it all & it’s just arrived in time too, for we leave here tomorrow, for the destination I originally started for, and are sailing immediately. So don’t expect any more letters from me for at least a month; you see the journey out will take about 10-15 days & a letter going home will take that, so that makes a month. We should arrive about 10th March or so, & if we catch a mail home at once you might hear from me about the 25th March; so in any case don’t expect a letter before the end of March or so.

I don’t know the name of the ship we are going on or anything. We only got orders tonight at 5 o’clock to march tomorrow and embark next day. So I have been fearfully busy ever since & am just scribbling a line before we clear out to catch an English mail leaving tomorrow.

I haven’t heard from Nell yet, but I got a parcel from her today, with a letter dated 23rd Jan, but I have had no letters from her by the ordinary mail. A lovely parcel hers was, all sorts of nice things in it, so I have had a gorgeous day. Still, I wish letters would’nt go so wrong. And now we shan’t hear for years I suppose, being on the sea and all that. It was she who sent me the lovely watch; was’nt it ripping of her; too sweet I think; I am a lucky person to have so many nice people who are so ripping to me.

Must scribble to Nell now.

Best love to all

from yr loving son

Ted

 
2 Comments

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2 responses to “23 February 1916 – Ted to Gertrude

  1. Elizabeth Donnelly

    23 February, '16 at 11:41

    I partially take back yesterday’s comment. Ted’s joy and gratitude in getting replacement kit is evident in this letter!

     
  2. Family Letters

    23 February, '16 at 22:31

    I don’t think it’s raw materialism, I think it’s about feeling less isolated. There’s something talismanic about letters and parcels that have touched by someone you love because they wrote and packed them (something we’re losing with email and direct shipping). He talks a lot about distance and the time between receiveing mails, and he’s clearly thinking about Nell pretty much all the time.

     

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