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Letter No. [41 ?] Tuesday, 3 June Major J. H. Massey 6 Palestinian Cay, The Buffs Middle East Forces My own sweetest lovely darling, Barbara The cables arrived today & this morning of course I have cabled you back again. How wonderful & marvelous darling, that it is all over & that you are well & the baby too. How that the time has come & you are allright. I hardly know what to say to you. How I wish with all my heart that I could be with you & be able to hold you in my arms & kiss you - & see my son. Are you very disappointed that is is not a girl, darling? I was a little, but this was completely overcome by my relief & joy that you are alright. He will be a lovely boy, & not just a boy in any ordinary sense of the word. No child of yours could be just any thing my sweetheart. So please do not be upset - even though I know that you & I have very special reason for having wanted a girl. It is just another reason
why I must get back to you quickly, so as we can try again, & next time it will be a girl. Hughes must have been grand - Joan & Bill - said in the cable, that it was an easy birth. I do hope that is really true. And nine pounds too, you are amazing, darling, such a big baby. I feel very grateful & thankful to him - do please tell him so from me & thank him from me for all he has done and doing for you. It seems to me that the confidence he gave you during the last few months must have been of tremendous help - & how he has made an easy birth for you & shows you what can be done by good doctoring. I shall hope to meet him & thank him some day soon. It is practically eight months since I left you - isn't it wonderful that you should have just had a baby now. I shall be looking forward so much now to getting your first letter and you telling me
more about it - how he looks & what colour hair & eyes - & how you are exactly how I admire you & thank you for what you have done. You have been so frightened & so brave too. I am so happy for you - you must be feeling comfy & relieved - lying in bed & being I pray, well looked after & having a little thing all of your own, our own, again. Oh darling, I love & adore you, how I wish that I could be with you to tell you how much. I should so love to be able to come to the Nursing Home, & talk to you & listen to you & see our baby - & it is so out of all bounds of possibility. I will write again tomorrrow. Bless you, my sweet darling - & tell our baby that I want to see him & you before he is many months old. All my dearest, deepest, most tender love darling heart. You are the most wonderful woman in the world. XXXX Harry
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