Letter from Harry Massey to Barbara Massey

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Letter written by Harry Massey from the No. 6 Palestine company at the Bluffs to Barbara Massey.

This is a scanned version of the original image in Special Collections and Archives at Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vt.



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Letter No. 38. Thursday/ Major. J.H. Massey 1 May 41 / 6 Palestinian Coy. The Buffs Middle EAst Forces Darling SweetheartIs it 10.30 at night, and too late to begin a letter now. I was going to write all [tonight] but what with one thing and another, I had my supper down here - then people kept popping in, and phone rang and odds and ends of work cropped up. I was reading Design and Vision with [?] after my supper - and I finished a letter I had begun to Frank {??] - and I played games with Peter - and felt generally restless. And then I was going to write one of these, and then I decided not to, and got half undressed for bed. And now here I am. The main reason for writing one these is about money, darling. I cabled you and wrote you that I should not want any more until June. But I ran dry today and so have put another [L] 30 inmy a/c here, and am lettin you know at once. I am rather disappointed really, as I had set my heart on keeping to what I said. But there seem to bace been an awful lot of Mess bills the last few weeks: and then a [?] to our new Mess. And everything seems to have run out, and worn out, or broken the last week or two. It is incredible how things add up - toothpaste, hair and shaving cream, tooth brush, brushes, batman, towels, [?] [?], mirror, sock, suspenders , stamps, ink, writing paper, torch matteries, crowns, laundry, haircuts, soap, cables, cigarettes and a few beers. I have been nowhere and done nothing otherwise.. My April allowances are still to come, so the position is not so bad, really. But I wanted you to know and understand in any case, I am well within my estimate of weekly expenditure. I have been going to cable you every day - I am so anxious to send you my lover and blessings. But every day, I expect one from you, which would almost certainly contain something I wanted to reply to. I think I will tomorrow, if nothing arrived. This is May 1st, which woudl be very nearly exactly one year since you arrived at [?] Park. How lovely it was to meet your at the station, and then drive with you, in Frank's car, to the caravan and calling at the little shop

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on the way to buy things and arrange things. And how you loved the caravan and the place it was in, when you first saw it. They use [ ?] out here quite a lot, and it makes me feel impossibly homesick to hear of it. If I were to smell it- I would surely weep. I suppose, when we were to happy together, it would have been ridiculous to be always telling each other about it - but now i feel we should have done. I'm thinking and concentrating so hard on being back with you again - that I almost feel something must happen soon. I wish I knew just how quickly these things arrived. My first one was posted on March 5 - and I thought one of your p.c.s would have mentioned them. If they are just as slows, they are not worth while. Now to bed. thinking of my dearest darling - and I hope to dream of you sweetheart. The baby must be with you now. Dearest love to you both from your lover and father Harry. XXXX.

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