Letter from Harry Massey to Barbara Massey

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Letter written by Harry Massey 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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Stoneleigh. Thursday.

Darling one,

Thank you so much for another letter this morning. It was a pleasant surprise, after having had one from you on the two previous mornings.

I told you yesterday that I would tell you about life at Stoneleigh. I have become almost a hermit - & cetainly do not go out drinking every night.

On the Monday after getting back here, I went out with Frank - I will tell you about that later.

On Tuesday, I stayed in & went to bed early, & very pleased to do so after Monday night. On Wednesday, there was the dinner at Btn H.O. for the Colonel of the Regiment - which was a very sober affair.

On Thursday I went to see Pickstone

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2. On Friday I stayed in.

On Saturday & Sunday I was with Graham.

On Monday, Tuesday, yesterday & tonight, I have stayed in - & I have no plans apart from that, as far as I can see. Except that I shall probably ring up the Reids & go there for dinner - perhaps on Sunday. And when Frank comes back from leave, I shall get him to take me into Chester for a few flicks, but I intend to stop this dinner at the Grosvenor business.

I was on the phone with Vernon this evening. He is going to Judy's this weekend - but I am going to [Wilmslow?] the one after - for Saturday night. He sounds very well & cheerful.

About the Thursday evening with Frank. Really he is a nuisance - & a bit of a bore too. He wanted v. much to

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have dinner in Chester with me - but, he had promised to go & see Miss Carrie James - in Hoylake when she was spending a few days in her married sister's flat - alone. The sister being in a nursing home, & the husband in London. He persuaded me to go with him, saying we should be back between 11-20 & 12-0. Having driven to Hoylake - Frank insisted upon going into Liverpool for dinner, so we went to the Crocodile, & I didn't even try to pay. Back again at Hoylake, I thought I would let him take the girl in shame, & so stayed in the car - and had to stay for 1 1/2 hours. And so back to bed at 2-20! And dso bloody tired I wanted to scream. The girl is really rather pretty, & quite pleasant, even if a little drunk She had a small cough

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4. that night, so Frank's 1 1/2 hours in the flat was spent in making gargles & hot water bottles - & I suppose, a few coy kisses. I was livid - & if I had known that was all that was going on, I should have busted in, & dragged him off home.

But he is rather a bore about the whole thing - & most of the officers seem to know about it, which seems as though he is rather proud of himself: he is always having little sly jokes & hearty cracks about himself. Very silly - & I get fed up with it all.

Apart from all that - life just goes on. As mench, one seems to always be in a rush & never to have finished.

Just now, I am very busy swotting up map reading - as I am in the middle of giving a series of 18 lectures.

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5. on the subject to the N.C.Os of the company. It is certainly a very effective method of learning a subject - to have to lecture on it.

Well, thats about all of it darling. Its not a very useful, productive, or exciting life, is it?

I will tell you about the officers of the Company, in a further instalment.

It is now past 11-0 o'clock - which according to the new way of life, is past bedtime.

So, love & kisses, sweetheart, & goodnight.

Harry.

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