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.

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Capt J. H Massey 6th Palestinian Company The Buffs M.E.F

Letter. no. 21 5 March 41 Wednesday My darling one - This is a new idea, & we are now allowed one of these each week, & the postage, as you see, is 3d. It is a good idea & much appreciated, but I don't expect it will go any quicker than usual - & personally I should prefer to be able to spend a little more & know that it was going to be quicker. But, it is good for the men. I had another letter from you two days ago, on Monday - your 21st dated Jan 7th - & I cannot tell you how wonderful it was to have it. It was a very sweet & lovely & charming & interesting letter - & I nearly swooned with happiness, & sympathy & agreement, & indignation, according to what you were telling me, as I read it. It seems obvious now that air mail is quicker - as I have had none of your sea mail ones yet, I have sent 3 or 4 by sea, & now I am furious, because you will probably have quite a gap, & no letters at all. But 3 people I know, have had sea mail of quite late dates, & no air mail at all. I am so glad & happy that the ring arrived safely & that you like it. I thought you would do. If only I could put it on your finger for you. It seems to bring us so much nearer together again,t hat you have received letters & a present from me, & that I know you have & am now writing back to you you about it again. On the other hand, by the time you get this, it will be five months since the letters & ring were sent off by me & so we are not so near. It is just five months today since our last night together what an age it seems, my own darling - & what an age it is for you & I to be away from each other. Such an awful waste of time, & as every day passes, more time is being wasted. I wish I knew when it would end. Can you believe, darling sweetheart, how much I long & yearn to be with you. When we are together again, we must never allow any waste of time again. I hope you will want with me, that we should never be apart & away from

each other, except for very short times - no more than hours, if possible. We must so arrange our lives that we can pursue our own interests - you, yours in particular - without them taking us away from each other. If you were to go away from me, it should be for something special & interesting, & exciting - & if it is, I should want to be with you.

Having written so far, it has made me stop & think about you, & about our past life & our future life. And, oh darling, I do pray, every day, from the bottom of my heart, that I shall come back to you soon - or that you will be able to come safely out here, & bring the baby too. You do understand darling, don't you, the way I feel about you & love you? It is tremendously tender & deep & sincere & real & everlasting. I am so completely & entirely yours & it could never be any different. And more & more & more, I admire you & trust you & look up to you. And also, I cannot help thinking very much about you yourself & your face, & all its feature & your body & all its parts. And I cannot help thinking very passionately & realistically. You are so lovely & wonderful, my darling - & I do remember you so perfectly.

Your letters are marvellous, Barbara dearest. They just seem to tell me the things I want to know, & about which I have been thinking. And I feel too, perhaps, that some of my letters have anticipated what you have been thinking about. And before I reach the end of this letter, let me answer some of the things you want to know, perhaps want to hear from me about. First & foremost, the baby. And I do hope this letter will arrive before it comes. I am sure everything will be alright & I am so relieved that you have gone on with Hughes that you like him. If you want to , Hughes

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says so & agrees, I hope you will have a Caesar. I know it will be hard to be brave, my sweet darling - but you must not be afraid, & I know that, it will be alright. But I do want you to have as little pain & suffering as possible. And that Lisa & I will not be around. That cannot be got over, can it? But I shall be thinking of you every minute - & I always feel - & always will feel, that Lisa is somewhere & I hope & pray that she may come back to us in some way, with the new baby. I think about Lisa every day, my darling. She was a lovely little sweetheart. Every single day I find it difficult to believe. But I must think about her, & I know you must too. You must not feel too sad or remember too much, when you have the new baby, my darling. You must think ahead & do all you can for yourself & the baby. All this must & will end before very long. We have a great deal - more than anybody else in the world - too look forward to. And we must look forward. I hope this gets to you quickly - & I will be writing to you again in a day or two, & will keep on all the times. All my love & kisses to you darling - always from the depths of my being - your own Harry.

BY AIR MAIL

AIR MAIL LETTER CARD

IF ANYTHING IS ENCLOSED THIS CARD WILL BE SENT BY ORDINARY MAIL

Mrs. H. Massey c/o Mrs Nash The Lodge Winkfield Manor Nr Ascot Berks

GT. BRITAIN.

WHEN FOOLDED THE LETTER CARD MUST CONFORM IN SIZE AND SHAPE WITH THE BLUE BORDER WITHIN WHICH THE ADDRESS ONLY MAY BE WRITTEN

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