November 5th, 1942

Hello my Darling:

I am awful sorry dear, I am so late in writing you but I was out last night and didn’t get a chance to write you but I guess one night won’t make much difference. I received you grand letter tonight dear and as usual after I finished reading the letter I always feel much better, they seem to bring you so much closer to me, does that sound funny to you?
I am feeling fine dear except that I have a wee cold but it is not bad but I am using all of Pop’s hankies up. Everyone here is fine dear including your Mom and Dad. I went down not he streetcar with your Dad this morning and he was wanting to know if I had heard from you so I will tell him all the news tomorrow.
I took Mom to the show last night as she has not been with me for some time but the pictures were not very good but Mom enjoyed them and on Tuesday night I took my material down to have the dress made. The woman who used to make my dresses had a heart attack this summer and the doctor told her she had to quit sewing so I had to find another dressmaker. I am going to one on Paps Avenue so I hope she is OK.
Tonight we all went down to Auntie Bessie’s as it was Aunt Jessie’s night off, but we did not stay long as we were all tired and as soon as I finish your letter I am going to be (all by myself darn it!) as I always say no future in that.
Bill darling I sent your radio down to you, so by the time you receive this letter your might have the radio but if not be on the look out for it and let me know if you recieve it ok. I couldn’t get that one I was telling you about but I got a better one, you just have to plug it in. There was only one left and it was sold but it so happens the man I bought the radio off had one put away for a friend of his and at the last moment the order was cancelled so he told me I had better take it now, so I did. I got a RCA Victor radio and it cost $27.50 but the man was going to give me my 20% off so that brings it down to $22.03 which is not bad. I ordered it yesterday so I didn’t think it should take longer than a week to get to you. Now don’t you go selling this one.
As usual it is raining tonight again, but it has turned mild which I don’t mind and I certainly hope it stays that way until after Christmas. Auntie Bessie is having a shower for Marg next Friday night so I guess we will all be busy around here next week. Poor Marg I think she will have a nervous breakdown before her wedding and I am not kidding. She was off work today and she does not look good and it is all around those Simpsons, her future in-laws. Bill that I should say such a thing but I dislike everyone of the Simpsons. I know I’m terrible but I can’t help but, if you could only see how much unhappiness they are causing Marg because she will not go over there and stay with them. They had an awful row over there the other night. Auntie Jessie went over there with Marg and the things they called Auntie Jessie was just horrible. Mrs Simpson came over here to see Mom, not for a friendly visit mind you, as she was snubbing her something awful but my Mother sure told her off. She told her it was entirely up to Marg and Ted what they wanted to do and where they wanted to live and it is not up to anybody else. They said if Marg did not give in and come over to live with them, they might as well call the whole wedding off. Boy that burned me up, it is not up to them to call the whole thing off, it is up to Marg and Ted. I know they do not care for me and I can handle that part. I will tell you all the details when you come home as I could go on for hours and hours talking about all the problems they cause for a lot of people.
Well enough of that now to get onto some cherry news. Bill darling if you only knew how much I am looking froward to coming down to you, but darling I promise I will certainly make up for all the lost time. Darling you were saying that you hoped you got a real nice place for me well dear do not worry about that because I would be tickled to stay in a tent with you and I really mean that Bill. So do not worry about me not liking the place you get for me because I know I will love it. I don’t care as long as you are with me. Gosh darling I miss you so much.
Well dearest I guess I will finish now because it is about 12PM, but I promise I will write you on Sunday.
So darling until I hear from you again, lots and lots of love

Doreen

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November 3rd, 1942

Hello Darling:

I received your swell letter yesterday dear, and I really am sorry that I didn’t answer it last night. I went to the station show and I came back but, there was a blackout for the rest of the night and I couldnt get it started after all that.
The weather down here has been great too dear, it has been warm and even at nights, but I hope by the time that you get down here dear the nights will be cooler so we can lie close in bed together. It is so nice that the darn flies are bothering me something awful while I’m writing this.
Darling that $60 that you received is all yours and you do just what you want with it. I think myself, taking out a War Bond is a good idea and if you want any clothes or anything go ahead and get them darling.
Well let me see what I’ve done since last wrote. Oh yes, I went to the show on Saturday and saw “Forest Rangers” it was pretty colourful picture with wonderful scenery, but there wasn’t much of a story and darling, you certainly remind me of Paulette Goodard, no kidding. But I think you look a lot smarter and I wouldnt trade you for anyone dear and I mean that always darling.
So you are putting on weight, oh boy. I can’t wait until I see you again but I’m afraid the time is going to go by slowly. It certainly is wonderful being married isn’t it dear? Even though we are apart, knowing that we’ll be together before very long. I really don’t know how to put it down dear, but I just wish that I could give you a home and all the things that a girls could have when she is married, but someday dear I promise that I’ll make it all up to you. I only hope that you like it down here, I’m certainly going to try my best to help you enjoy yourself but as long as you are down here, that is all I want.
So you get 20% off on the 18th? I didn’t know that or I would have asked you to wait until then to get the radio but that is only saving $2.25 and that isn’t very much, but then again they might not have any left by then. Let me know how you make out dear on this situation.
Now about the room, well I haven’t decided on anything as of yet. I’m going to see this place tomorrow, but there are a lot of places I am going to look over. I’ll give you a lot more information about it towards the end of the week, but don’t worry about learning to cook or anything dear because I’ll look after everything. I just hope that I get a real swell place because it is for the nicest girl I know and darn it all but I’m so much in love with her I don’t know what I am going to do! That’s a good idea dear about bringing down a little as you can and then sending home for anything you need. You won’t really need very much, we can buy plates and cups and other things like that down here.
So Ted is going to fly home, boy he must have lots of money, it is certainly going to cost him something. I just hope that I get home for Christmas but we haven’t heard anything as yet. But if I don’t get off don’t worry about coming down on the train as I said before the one you’ll come on will be a sleeper and there won’t be hardly any soldiers on it as far as I know. It will cost you about $40. You’ll get on in Toronto and 9:15AM in the morning and change at Montreal, you will get the “Ocean Line” there and you’ll have your berth on it so you ought to have a swell trip. But I certainly hope that I can get down to come back with you.
I really don’t know what you can buy Ted & Marg for their wedding. How about a toaster or a lamp or even a baby carriage (They might be faster at that than us you know). I’ll leave it up to you dear.
We have Glen Grey on the radio and he is playing “Serenade in Blue”, it brings back those swell memories of when I used to come over to your place and listen to all those bands. Oh darling of those days were just back again and someday they will dear. Only we’ll be in a place or our won and I won’t have to go home every night, boy won’t that be wonderful. And Darling you know that you are the one and only girl that I ever want to be with from now on.
Well dear I’m sorry that I have not got any more to tell you except that I love you more than you’ll ever know but I’ll try to show you on your arrival down here.
So i’ll just close by saying, lots and lots of love darling,

Bill

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November 2, 1942

Helo Darling:

Here I am again, I thought I would have had a letter from you today but no luck, but maybe I will have one tomorrow (I Hope).
How are you darling? Have you put on that 25 pounds yet? As for me I feel like a million bucks, so darling I hope the weeks hurry by so that I can be with you just to prove how much I do love you.
I was just talking to your Mother a few minutes ago and she was telling me she had a letter from you, so I was glad. She was all tickled with it. I am sorry to hear that you missed Lloyd, because I know he would have liked to have seen you before he went overseas. I guess he will be on his way by now because his Mother has not heard from him since he went down.
I am staying in tonight as Mon and Dad want to go down to Aunt Bessie’s for a little while, but I don’t mind because I want to wash my hair and I am still knitting on your socks, but don’t give up hope dear because I really hope to have them finished this week.
Saturday night I went to the show with Marg. The pictures were not that bad but I had seen better. As you know it was Halloween night and the poor kids got an awful night for it because it rained all night. Marg and I were soaked before we got to the show, but we took it ok. After the show we went over to Auntie Bessie’s and had a cup of tea, but we didn’t stay late. I was home and in bed by 11:30PM not bad eh?
Yesterday which was Sunday, I didn’t get up until 1PM. I was tired, I don’t know what from though. Then I phoned your Mother and she asked me over for dinner so I went and boy was it ever a grand dinner. There was just one thing missing dear and I think you know what it was. Yes dear it was you. We had dinner at 5 o’clock and Aunt Mattie, Aunt Agnes, Uncle Dave were there also. Your Aunt Leni has gone over to the States for a few days. After supper we all sat in the front room and had a nice evening. Your Dad drove me over to Auntie Lizzie’s when he took your Aunts home. Everyone was over at Aunt Lizzie’s because they wanted to see baby Beverley.
Everybody thinks she looks like Mother, except that they says she has eyes like me, only hers are big blue ones. Gosh Bill she gets cuter every day, you should see her now, she is just starting to crawl. She will be 8 months old tomorrow. Just think darling when we have a baby 8 months old.
Marg was just talking to Mrs Simpson and she said that she had a letter form Ted, and he has his ticket booked on the T.C.A and will be home for sure on the 23rd. He will have 17 days at home, seeing as he is flying home. So Marg is all tickled and I don’t blame her because I know how excited I am just thinking that I will have a month with you.
I think I will try an do all my Christmas shopping with my 20% off. Right at the present moment I am listening to Glen Miller and he is playing “At Last” and boy that is what I am going to say when I see you.
I guess you Mother will telll you when she writes you but she has all her teeth out except the 3 at the front and gosh you can hardly notice the difference. She will have her new teeth in about 3 weeks time. So you will not know when when you come home.
I bought some material today to have a new dress made. I have not put any of my new clothes on as I am saving them until I come down and see you as I want you to be the first person who sees me in them.
I think we will be starting to work overtime very soon because we are getting very busy. They were telling me that about 5 weeks before Christmas we work every night, but I don’t mind because if I work hard, I do not think my boss will mind me taking a month off. But as I said before darling I don’t care what he says, I am coming.
Well dearest I guess I will have to stop now because I have run out of news, but I hope I have a letter from you tomorrow. Then I will be able to give you more news when I write you on Wednesday.
So darling loving you from the very bottom if my heart
Lots of love and kisses

Doreen

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October 30th, 1942

Hello my darling:

I received your nice wee short note today which is Friday. I was going to write you last night but when I found there was no mail for me I decided I would wait until today and hope I got a letter and I did.
At the present moment dear it is about 11:30PM and my eyes are just about closing so if this letter is on the short side you will know why.
What have you been doing with yourself dear? You were saying in your letter Bill that you handout heard from me since last Friday but I guess that mail must have been held up because I wrote you last Sunday and had it mailed before 5:30PM, so it would get there for Monday or Tuesday, then I wrote you Tuesday which you should have received on Thursday so darling that is the reasons. I always write you at least twice a week and sometimes 3 times.
Marg got a letter from Ted today and this is the first one she has had from Ted this week and it was posted last Sunday. We have had nice weather here the last couple of days. It is just like spring. I hope it keeps up like this until after Christmas then I would not have to wear my winter coat.
I also received our cheque today dear for $60.00 but I don’t know if I can bank all that or not because I have to get my winter coat out of storage and pay for your insurance. They were after us last week to take out a War Bond, so I thought I would get a $50.00 one. They take $2.00 out of your pay every week for 6 months but I don’t mind that because it will always be something to have after this war is over.
Well darling lets see what else I have to tell you. Oh yes, I went to the show on Wednesday night with Aunt Jessie and Marg and saw 2 grand pictures, “Juke girl” and “Blues int he Night” Last night I was in bed early, I was knitting for a while then I had a bath and was in bed by 9PM. I was a good girl, but always wishing that you were here with me so I could fall asleep with you. Oh darling, I have the grandest dreams when I go to bed. I just dream that I am on my way down to you, and you are waiting for me at the station and I run into your arms and you hold me tight. Soon darling.
I was talking to your Mother tonight on the phone and she is fine. She came around to see Mother and Beverley last Wednesday afternoon and it was Aunt Jessie’s afternoon off so that had a nice chat. Your Mother was telling me that Mrs Dean was up seeing Aunt Mattie the other night and she was asking for us. I am going to phone her on Sunday and also Mrs. Henderson, and Mr. Ingham. Boy I will be busy.
I was talking to Helen Allen the other day and she said Jack was in Halifax and did not know how long he would be down there. He is going to look you up when he gets there. So darling don’t forget his name is Jack Reid.
Marg and I had Audrey Sherman visiting us tonight and also Ann Noddle, the girl Marg used to got to school with. She lives down the street. So we had a nice evening talking about old times. I don’t know if I told you in one of my letters that Audrey had her engagement ring stolen so she went downtown today and bought herself another one, although it will never as much to her as the one Jack gave her.
Ted was telling Marg that he expects to leave on the 21st of December and will be in Toronto at 6AM on the 23rd. He is flying home, I don’t know if he will just fly to Montreal or if he will fly right home. Some people are just so lucky eh? But if he was to take a boat out it would take so long from Newfoundland, so I guess he thought it would be better in the long run to fly out.
The wedding is definitely to take place on the 26th, so darling please try and get home for it but if not, you can rest assured I will be on the train for Halifax the next day.
Darling don’t bother trying to get me a trunk because I will try and borrow a big case and anyway if I find I need more things when I get down here I can always send for them and darling please let me know if I will be doing the cooking or of we will be boarding because as I said before dear, I don’t want to kill you with buy first meal.
Another thing I was going to ask you, do you still want your radio because my 20% starts on November 18th to December 6th, so if you want anything just let me know and I will get it for you.
Gosh Bill when we were asking over the good Ole time we used to have I was so homesick for you. Darling I wonder if you will ever realize how much I love you and just how much you mean to me. Someday darling I hope to be able to prove to you just how much I love you but darling, just think, 8 more weeks and I will be seeing you again. Gosh Bill it seems like years since I last saw you and darling married like must be agreeing with me because when I was down at Doris’ getting why measurements for my dress, she checked the measurements for when I got married and I have put on 1 inch on my breasts and I have put on 1.5 on my hips. So we will just have to see about that.
Well darling I guess I will close because my head is just about dropping on the table but I will write you again on Sunday so darling write soon because I look forward to your letters so much.
Lots and Lots of love my darling

Doreen

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October 27th, 1942

Hello my darling:

Here I am again and boy is it ever cold here tonight. I am sitting bundled up in a sweater, we have the furnace on and out little Quebec heater going but it is still cold. I am still wearing my spring coat because I think it is too soon to start wearing a winter coat yet, and anyway I am going to keep my new on until I come down to you. I will just wear my good old grey one to work.
How have you been keeping dear, I felt wonderful after I read you lovely letter dear and darling your letters will never be too mushy for me because I really love to have you say how much you love me so Bill dear never stop saying it to me.
Marg is busy writing Ted just now also, so if this seems sort of hurried you will have to excuse me because we have to got to Doris’ tonight to see about a fitting on our dresses, so I guess we will be late getting home. I went over to see you Mother and Dad last night they’re both fine dear. Your Dad is starting to get busy now because he is working. Last night and I had a nice piece of pumpkin pie that your Mom had made and boy was it ever good. Gosh darling I am going to have an awful lot of competition when I start baking for you after being used to such bakes from your Mom.
I was just talking to your Mother on the phone just a few minutes ago and she was at the dentist today and got 6 more teeth pulled and she is fine except her gums are a wee bit sore. She doesn’t have to go back now for 3 more weeks so that will give her a rest for a while.
Bill dear has it started to get cold down there. Everyone that I talk to says I will have to take my long underwear but I just told them that they did not know my husband, as long as I have you around me I will not need any underwear to keep me warm, if you know what I mean.
Bill dearest it would be perfect if you could come home for Christmas. I was hoping you could, but it sounded too good to be true, but darling I will pray and keep my fingers crossed that you get home and then I can come back with you.
Both your Mother and my Mother were a wee bit worried about me going down there alone, in case somebody tries to pick me up, although I’m not a bit worried. I am excited about getting down to you, I think I could walk down. But darling as you say I think it would be a lot better if I could go back with you. Oh darling lets both pray awful hard for the time to pass quickly but I think it will be soon seeing as we both have so much to look forward to. When will you know for sure dear? Be sure and let me know.
Well enough of that or I would go on for hours talking about it. At the present moment Dad is trying to book an Orchestra for Marg’s wedding. I think I told you in my last letter that Marg is being married not he 26th of December which falls on a Saturday night but the orchestras all seem to be booked as it is right at a bad time. But I think they have finally got one, a 3 piece band. Marg is having there reception at Malloney’s, the same place we had ours dear. So darling if you could only get home it would be perfect (here I go again), so now you see we will all be busy around here.
Darling I think you misunderstood me, I have never been out with that red head from our office. Gosh dear if I went out with her and her gang I think I would never come home! You should hear some of the things she comes off with.
I was at your Aunts place on Sunday night just for a few minutes. Dad drove me up as we went to get Marg’s cakes, and they look so good. Everyone is fine including your Uncle Jack and they were all asking for you, by the way dear you Mother wrote you last night and you should get it soon.
Bill dear do the orchestra’s fellows wives down there work or do they just stay home? Some people have all the luck. Remember I was telling you about Raymond and that he got his call but Alf was trying to get him into the office for the Air Force, well Raymond got a long distance call from him yesterday and he could get him in the office at Ottawa if he wanted to leave the city but if not, he would have to go see his Army captain. So he did and it turns out that after 2 months in the army he can go to Ottawa for the Air force, talk about luck.
Well dear I had a look at the radio and I can get one for $22.50. I copied all the information down to see if it is OK with you. Do you want me to get it now for you? Or do you want me to wait until Christmas when I will be able to get 20% off. let me know what you decide, but here is the information about the radio. Standard Band 45T AC DC 1942.
What is the matter with the radio you bought? Marg is just phoning your Aunts now to thank them for making her wedding cake.
I guess your Mother told you about Lloyd going overseas, so I hope you get a chance to see him before he goes over. He long distanced his Mother on Friday and she hasn’t heard from him since, so I guess he will be on his way, so look for him in Halifax. I think he has your address though.
Well dear I guess I will finish now as Marg is waiting for me, so I will close now dear. Just think it won’t be long until I see you (I hope) and darling I think of you every second of every day and darling that is no lie.
All my love dearest

Doreen

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October 27th, 1942

Hello Darling:

Well here it is Tuesday and as yet I haven’t had a letter from you since last Friday. I want to blame you however dear, because the air mail has been held up for the last 3 days because of the wether. I sincerely hope that you received my letter OK? How has the weather been back home dear?
Well here it is almost November already. I can hardly wait for Christmas to arrive dear and even though I don’t get an opportunity to go home, it will be a real swell Christmas present having you come down here. We have not heard anything about leave at Christmas and I rather have my doubts as to whether we will get it or not. Especially since many fellows will be on leave. If I get it though, I will be able to come home and bring you back with me.
I heard some rather good news today dear, they raised the living out allowance from 50 cents a day to 75 cents a day and that would certainly come in useful if we sort out a little place for you down here dear. Darling I am glad that you will not expect quite as nice of a place down here as you would in Toronto because it certainly isn’t, but with you down here I will not mind one bit.
I won’t make any arrangements for a place until the end of November or so. But I really don’t think it will be too hard to find one. I’m going to try and pick up a nice big trunk for you dear. Some of the boys have bought swell trunks for less than $4.
I guess my Mother has written me by now but it is more than likely being held up also. I certainly hope she is feeling well again. I am going to drop my Aunts a few lines as soon as I get a chance. I’m so very glad to hear that Aunt Mattie has had no serious trouble since her last attack and I’m praying that it will last for a long time yet.
I’ve bought myself a little book on plans for houses and I’m certainly doing some heavy day dreaming over it. We’ll certainly have a lot of fun planning for our new place together won’t we darling? Because I’m going to let you choose everything dear, but you’ll let me fix up the recreation room won’t you? Don’t forget to leave lots of room for the nursery though.
I asked the boys in the band if they knew about your red head who you are working with in the office, but they could not place her so let me know her name and that will maybe revive old memories for the boys, if you know what I mean.
Well dear I’m going to make this note real short but I’ll write you a real letter on Thursday dear. So hoping that the mail gets through and just think only 7 more weeks dear. So from the bottom of my heart darling, I love you.
Your loving husband,

Bill

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October 25th, 1942

Hello Darling:

Well darling, here I am again, from your wee wife who can hardly wait to come down to you and just think darling it won’t be very long. I received your lovely letter dear on Friday and as I promised in my last letter that I would write you when I came home from Audry Shermans and honestly darling I had every intention of writing you but on our way home Marg and I saw a terrible accident at the corner of Greenwood and Danforth so both of us being very nosy we got off the streetcar and we were there for over an hour and we nearly froze as it was very cold and but he time we got home it was away after 1 and then I just crawled into bed.
There were 2 cars in the accident and both were overturned, you never sae such a mess of glass all over the place. We got there just as they were pulling the people out of the cars. In on car there were 3 fellows of about 20 years of age and int he other car there were 3 women and a little boy about 6. One lady had her hand cut, 2 of the women could walk away, the little boys head was bleeding and the other woman was unconscious. It took the ambulance and the police about half an hour to get there. So there you have it, our excitement for the night.
What have you been doing for excitement darling? I have not had a chance to go over and see your Mother and Dad this week, but if they are not going out today then I will go over tonight although I phone her all the time. Marg and I went down on the street car with your Dad yesterday morning and he wanted to know if I was still going down and I said yes. They have all made me practically promise that I would only stay 1 month, but I have not promised as I said in my last letter I don’t think I could leave you. Darling I hope I have a letter form you tomorrow, to let me know if coming down in December will be ok with you. I get so excited that I can hardly keep still. I was asking the kids at work if they thought Mr Court (thats my boss) would let me have a month off and they said sure, but even if he won’t I will still come but I think he will let me.
Will we be boarding darling or will I be cooking your meals because if I am I will have to start taking lessons so let me know dear so I will know just what to take down with me. Have you been around to see the people yet?
When I was at Audrey’s she gave me a little present and guess what I got? 2 pairs of cute panties one in white and one in pink so darling, I am putting them away until I come down to you. Are you all set to keep me warm because I here it is pretty cold down there in the winter time but if you promise to keep me warm, I don’t care how cold it gets. Audrey has a cute place she has a flat and she had furnished it very nice but I don’t envy her darling because I would rather wait until you come home so we could pick our things out together.
Marg is writing Ted just now, poor Marg she is having an awful time. Mrs. Simpson still wants her over there and so does Ted so she doesn’t know what to do. Did I tell you she is having Irene as a bridesmaid as well as me. We all have to got down for our fitting at Doris’ on Tuesday. I was at the show with Doris last night. Bob was on picket duty and could not get down this weekend. We went to the palace and had to stand in the lineup for over an hour. We had to wait until 9 o’clock show, but the pictures were very good so we didn’t mind. After the show we went tot he Alpine Grill and had something to eat.
Raymond Kinkaid got his call last week for the army, so he called long distance Alf Cormach as he still thinks he can place him in the office at the Air Force, so we will just wait and see.
Pop is sitting here in the front room eating peanuts and Mother is upstairs in the bed with Beverley and as soon as I finish your letter I am going to start on your other part of socks. I had started them before but I ran out of wool and when I went together some more will I could not get any to match my wool so I had to get some different kind so I will have to start all over again.
Darling when I come down there will you promise to take me to some dances? I am just dying to get down here to you. Darling I can just imagine the swell time we will have together. I have not told them here but I am going to try and get into Eaton’s in Halifax, but I will not say anything until I get down there and see if I can get in because both your Mother and my Mom will try and convince me to come home in case I am in the “family” way if you know what I mean.
Here I am all set to come down and I have not heard from you yet, because you might want me down here before Christmas but I think darling that I explained in my last letter why I couldn’t so darling I hope I get a letter from you tomorrow.
Well darling I guess I will finish now as I have no more news to tell you.
So dearest until I hear from you
All my love darling
Doreen

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October 23, 1942

Hi Darling:

I have just received your last letter today dear, and you know just how glad I was to get it and practically this time because as you said we have something to look forward to.
I think you have the best idea about coming down after Marg’s wedding. I was thinking about that when I wrote you but since your husband loves you so very much darling I thought about the expense, but this way dear if your husband gets off at Christmas he will be able to bring you back. I really think that would be the best myself.
Here is the way I thought we could work it. You can try and get a months leave after Christmas that should not be hard since it will be pretty quiet but then, It will only cost about $35 to come down by first class and if you like it down here you can try and get a job down here and as I said before you should not have any trouble at all. Eaton’s and Simpson’s have both got dandy big stores. But I want you to know that it entirely depends on yourself dear, because you don’t have to work unless you want to yourself.
I can’t get a good radio at all down here darling, so I wondered if you could look around in Toronto and try and pick up a nice little mantel job. Something about $25 or so dear. I’ve saved up about $45 or so and if you came down it will certainly be nice to have a radio around. So darling look around but let me now what you think about it they are not making them now you know and I really think we should get one before that are all gone. I’ve got an offer on my portable and I think I’ll take it because I’m going to make $10 on it.
Well now for the news. I had a needle this afternoon but I guess your husband can take it because it didn’t bother me at all. But I knocked off for the afternoon anyways. I was going downtown to see “Panama Hattie” and have my dinner at the Nova Scotian but I think I’ll wait for tomorrow because they are going to have a show on at the station tonight.
I’ve been doing a lot of daydreaming about when you can come down dear. But I’m going to keep everything a surprise until you come down. But darling, I am going to try and make it all up to you. All the good times you have missed since I’ve been down here. It’s certainly a funny thing but I have not the slightest wish to go to dances or do anything since I’ve been married dear. I know I’ve got the sweetest and truest little wife waiting for me and darling I would not do a thing to mar the most beautiful thing in the world and darling that is our love for one another.
I don’t know how to put it down but I think you feel the same way as I do about it. It really is a wonderful feeling the way I feel, you feel it deep down inside yourself and darling I don’t know what I would do if I lost you.
Well now dear how are you fixed for money? I’m going to send you some money dear just for yourself and I want you to spend the lot on some nice clothes (don’t forget those sweaters) for when you can come down here. You know darling I think that you are the cutest bit of stuff I’ve seen. But you know that a it was only for your money that I married you.
So the red head in your office had you out, well you better watch out dear, she’s liable to lead you astray because you know that these wolfies really do go after married women. How long has she been in Toronto? And does she know the band? I’ve got one of the boys in the band working for me, he is the trumpeter and he is from Hamilton. That reminds me I don’t know if I told you about the drummer and his wife. She’s the cute little girl you saw at the station and reminds me so much of you. Well anyway he was riding in the streetcar and some man started talking to him and asked him if he played in the band down here, he said yes and they got talking. Well anyway this man is quite interested in music and he asked Bill Campshell, that’s the drummer, to come and live at his place and bring his wife and what a swell place they’ve got now, with the run of the house and kitchen and everything. So you see dear, somebody get the breaks down here and darling if you were down here anywhere our anyplace would seem like heaven.
Well dear I hope this letter does not seem too sentimental and mushy to you, but darling it is the way I feel about it and I want you to know how much you really mean to me and how much I love you.
But I think you do. So for now I’ll finish off by saying I hope I can just wait until I see you again but it seems so far away dear. So darling pray that the time passes swiftly.
All my love from the bottom of my heart.

Bill

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October 21st, 1942

Hello Darling:

I’ll start out by saying that I am an awful person for not writing sooner, but believe it or not dear your Toronto wife has been a busy woman.
At the present moment ut us raining cats and dogs and I am just soaked as I have just came in from work. So I thouhght I would write you before I had my supper because I will be rushing around after supper as your wife is stepping out tonight (With Mom and Pop). We are going to a party at the Watt’s place so Marg and Auntie Jessie are also going Oh and I almost forgot little Beverley. We are all taking her up there to show her off. You know Bill I think she is going to be curly as tonight her hair is all in little curls and she is fair. Boy is she stays that way she is certainly going to be a killer when she grows up. She is beginning to look like Mother everyday. Oh darling I wish we had one for our won, but as you say dear, there will come a day (I hope).
I am so glad Bill that you wrote you Mother. I was talking to her for a few minutes last night but I didn’t have long to talk to her because I had to meet Irene at the corner of Paps at 7. Your Mother was not feeling very well yesterday, I guess her mouth is bothering her although she never says, but Mother was talking to her today and she is fine. She was up at Aunt Amttie’s and Aunt Agnes baking Marg’s wedding cake. I am going to call her as soon as I finish your letter. Your Mom was at the dentist again on Monday and she had 3 teeth pulled.
Well darling what have you been doing with yourself? Oh by the way dear, remember that redhead I was telling you about in the office? Well we were chatting on our break the other day and guess where she comes from, Halifax, and boy if that is what the gals down here are like, then I bet you have your hands full. She certainly knows a lot about life and she is only 21! She has been married for 5 years, had a baby after the first year and now has been separated for 2 years. She know where you are stationed down there, as she used to go to all he dances and she knows a few boys in the band. Boy is she some gal.
Well dear as I was saying I have been quite busy this week. Monday night I went to the circus. This girl on our office knew one of the guys who was playing int he band at the circus and he gave her 2 tickets so she asked me if I would go with her and I said I would love to. I had a nice time at the circus but there were some newsboys sitting behind us and they threw some gum down and it got stuck on the back of my coat but other than that I enjoyed myself.
Tuesday night I went to the show with Irene and it wasn’t bad. Bill McKenzie has joined up and he is going away as a truck driver. I saw him when I was walking on Paps and we had a lovely talk. He might be going overseas and he told me that he has a girlfriend now. He has been going with her for 3 months and it is about time he had a girlfriend as he is almost 20 now.
Now darling, here is the important news, I guess I should have started with this. I have decided that I am going to come down o you for a month. I will ask for a months leave which I hope they will give me but if not I will just take it because I don’t I can stand being away from ou much longer. But the worst of it is I won’t be able to leave until about December 27th or 28th. I think Marg is planning on being married not he 26th which is on a Saturday, so I would try and leave on the Sunday if I can get a train out on the Monday, but I want to be down beside you for New Years. So darling do you think that will be OK? I couldn’t come down just now and leave Marg because she was so good to me before I was married, attending all of my showers and giving me one. So I would have to be here for Marg as I have my dress material, so darling do you think you can wait that long? I know I can because now I will have something to look forward to.
After I finished reading you letter I made my mind up that I was coming down to you even if it was only for a month, but as you say perhaps I will get a job down there and stay down with you because I am afraid that once I am near you again dear I won’t want to leave you.
Are you going over to see that couple about that place and darling don’t worry about me liking the place I don’t care if its a tent as long as I can be with you. Are you sure they will let you sleep over, or have you asked yet?
I think perhaps I would probably have the chance of going back to the General Office if I wanted to. I was taking to some of the girls who had left the office to be married and had been called back in. They just started calling them this week it seems they can’t get the girls I guess and they want the old experienced girls back, but I think if they call me I will tell them I am going to stay where I am. Although I like the kids over in the General office a lot better than where I am and I had a lot more fun, but I like my work in this office so that means a lot.
I was thinking about what happened to Jan Hamilton yesterday. I think she is working in the office at John St so I must give her a call. Now lets see if there is amy more gossip I can give you. Oh yes, Marg and I are going to see Audrey Sherman on Friday night, we have kept putting her off as she lives so far away but she phoned us the other night, so we promised we would go.
Well darling I guess I will finish now as I have to hurry and get dressed, but I will write you on Friday either before I go to Aundrey’s or after I come home.
So loving you an awful lot and darling just wait until I come down there

Love Doreen

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October 21st, 1942

Hello Darling:

Well here i am again dear, your very lonely Halifax husband. I received your rather short letter yesterday but darling as usual it cheered me up very much.
Right now I’m arguing with the trumpet player in our orchestra about different bands. He is from Hamilton and is quite a boy, but aren’t all orchestra boys? He was giving all the gossip about the boys in the band down here. I was telling him that you look like the drummers wife, only cuter and darling as far as I am concerned you are the cutest and sweetest little girl of them all and darling you’ll always be that to me.
Well now darling I guess you have received my last letter by now and I certainly hope that you have decided to come down dear as soon as you say “yes” I’ll get hold of a place and even though it couldn’t be like the place I had always planned for you to have, but anyway darling we would be together and that is what counts the most to me right now.
We wouldn’t be able to save as much money dear, but I don’t think that really matters so very much, especially if I had to go overseas but I honestly don’t think that I’ll be going for quite a while now.
I want you to realize dear that you might only have one room darling and I wouldn’t mind that as long as you were there. We would have $102 coming in per month and if you wanted to get a job, you wouldn’t have a bit of trouble and I’m sure that we could get along fine on what we would make so honey it all depends on you.
You let me know what you decide and even though it is only a month or so, I want you to come down here very much dear. Let me know and I’ll get a place and I’ll forward you the train ticket and all you have to do is pack and come. The fare is about $40 and includes you berth and meals dear. And as I said before that would be well worth it.
So darling I won’t say anymore about it until I hear from you but darling you know how much I want you and miss you so I certainly hope that you decide to come. All the fellows I’ve talked to have said it was well worth it and that their wives liked it too.
The weather is still great, in fact it is almost like a summer day, but I would advise you to bring your new coat. Things as usual are pretty quiet. Bob is working nights and looks pretty well shot most of the time. Some of the boys and myself went to the show last night, we saw a couple of class “B” productions and as there was lots of action I didn’t much mind them.
There is a show on at the station tonight so I guess that is where I’ll go. This town has got some nice shows though in fact here are three or four nicer ones than we have in Toronto. I wrote my Mother on Monday so I guess she will have received my letter by now. I am glad to hear that she did not have any trouble with the dentist.
When you told me that Beverley was 9 months old I could hardly realize it. I mean the time seems to be going by so fast when you think of it like that, but the time seems so long since I have been with you and kissed you. But darling I certainly hope we can fix that up, what do you say?
Well I guess Marg is getting a bit nervous by now. Did you tell her not to worry and that everything will turn out OK, if her wedding turns out as good as ours, they will have swell time. Make sure you tell her from me not to worry so much.
I guess you and your Mom and Pop have not found a place yet to live? That is another thing that might be a benefit if you come down here dear. Your Mother and Pop can get an apartment easier than a house, but I certainly hope they find some sort of a place, as you have put it your current place is not up to snuff.
Well let me see now, I think that is about all dear but as soon as I get an answer I’ll write you and give you all the instructions and darling there isn’t a single reason for not coming down even though it might be only for 4 or 5 weeks and darling if it would worry you to quit Eaton’s forget about it because you could walk into a job anywhere. So dear here is hoping and don’t let anyone try to get you to decide, because it is whatever you decide and want to do yourself.
So darling hoping to see you soon and from the bottom of my heart I love you more everyday dear, so lets get together and do something about it, what do you say?

Bill

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