September 30, 1942

Hello Dearest:

I just received your grand letter today and thought I would answer it right away. I am sorry I didn’t write you last night as I promised you I would but I was over seeing your Mother and Father last night and I was late getting home and I didn’t get a chance to write you.
I am glad you received my parcel OK and as for being expensive it doesn’t cost me very much. I am glad that you gave the boys some. They went very fast, I didn’t post it until Thursday and I didn’t think you would get it until this week.
I haven’t done anything this week so far. Monday night I stayed in and was working on your socks and I have one almost finished, I think I will have them finished this week, I hope. But don’t you look at them too close when you get them because there might me a few mistakes but you will have to excuse me because they only my first pair but practise make perfect as you say. Then last night as I said I went over to your Mothers and everyone is doing fine. You Mother was making grape jelly down in the basement and she was also doing some pickles. Your Aunts are fine and it seems that Aunt Mattie was also making some grape jelly.
I see by the paper that there was quite a flood down at Halifax, did you get it. I was a wee bit worried, just wee bit dear wondering if it was near you. You never mentioned in your letter only to say that you had a lot of rain. After I finish your letter I am going to work on your socks, boy what an old married woman I am now and darling am I ever loving it except that I would love it a lot more if you were here with me. Gosh darling do you think it will be a long time before we are together again?
I think I will go to the show tomorrow night. I was asking you Mother to come so she said she would see. Then Friday night I am going to have my hair done . I am not going anyplace but it needs doing.
Darling, what do you mean by saying that you were looking forward to coming home even if it is a special leave. Bill darling you are not going overseas are you because that is something that I never thought about. I do not know if I could take it dear if they sent you overseas, but I guess I would have to be like the other wives and take it whether I want to or not, but darling do not hold anything back from me.
Well enough of that or I will start being foolish and start to cry and worry. You were saying Bill that you never received my letter well darling you should have because I posted it last Thursday so you should have received it by Saturday.
So Bob is pretty well played out. I wonder what doing, well darling I can only imagine what kind of trouble Bob can get into with all those “hot stuff” Halifax girls.
As I told you in my last letter, Marg and Ted are being married for sure between Christmas and New Years and darling I think I am going to wear pink, a long dress and as I said in my letter do you think there is any chance of you getting home, even if it is for 1 week? Gosh I would be the happiest girl in the world. I don’t think that they will have an awfully big wedding. I will be her only bridesmaid, I think she is going to be married at Donlands Church as Mr. and Mrs. Irwin are going to be the guests. Your Mother and Pop, Aunt Agnes, Aunt Mattie are also going to be guests but of course the invitations are not sent out yet. Your Mom is going to make Marg’s cake I think and you Aunts are going to help.
Oh I forgot to tell you I received our cheque yesterday dear and it was for $60.00 so right into the bank it goes dear.
Gosh dear, I have been meaning to tell you in every letter that your Uncle Bob can’t get those batteries because they are frozen. I take it that means that there is a shortage and that he will not be able to get them for you.
Marg had a letter form Ted yesterday and has to have 2 letters of reference, one for her minister and one from her boss. Marg came home from work and today she is having her troubles already. Mrs. Simpson wants her and Ted to take 2 rooms from her and Marg doesn’t want to do that. So I don’t know what going to happen. She had terrible pain in her side, she had trouble with her side about 3 years ago and the same thing is coming back again. So maybe it is all connected.
Well darling I will close for now as I have run short of news but I will write you on Sunday, so dearest hoping to hear from you very soon.
All my love, my darling,

Doreen

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September 30th, 1942

Hello Darling:

I received your very eagerly awaited letter yesterday dear and I’m sorry that I did not have a chance to answer it until today. But I’m on duty watch this week and I had to work until late last night and I did not get a chance to write.
That is another dandy picture you sent and I’m putting it in a picture album. I’m going to buy one and darling that is the outfit that I really liked so well. I like to look over your pictures every night before I go to bed and then I really have some nice dreams and I mean nice.
I certainly hope Ted and Marg get married because darling you haven’t been one bit happier then I have since I’ve been married and I just hope they do as well. Yes darling I’m looking forward to seeing you again so much that I warn you a week ahead so you can be ready. Even if it is 2 weeks leave it is a lot more than the army gets. But then again I might be lucky and het a nice posting around home but I doubt it. So here is hoping that this comes true and they do not send me overseas too soon.
The weather has turned nice again and I think I will play a little tennis as soon as I finish this letter. Oh darling I’m looking forward to all the fun we can have together after this was is over and I would’t be so surprised if it wasn’t over in another year.
I am certainly glad that my Aunt is feeling OK again and I certainly hope that it lasts for a long time. But you never can tell about that disease but I’m hoping for the best.
I’m expecting a letter from my Mom tomorrow or so, with all the street gossip. I wonder how Don is making out and if the Army has got to him yet? I hope he gets int he Air Force though because he couldn’t ask for anything better.
We had a swell cake for supper and as much as you want but I didn’t make a pig of myself even though I want to just put on weight, just for you dear. I mean after all you do not want a husband to be all skin and bones do you? Or is that what you like?
All the boys are listening to the baseball game and what a racquet so if this letter sounds little bit funny you know why. We certainly did start something when we got married dear. They all saw how happy we are that is why and when I see you again darling I’ll prove just how lovely our married life can be and you’ll agree with me it is the most ideal and lovely relationship in the entire world. But I think we already realize that don’t we dear? I know I do anyway. It really make me feel so close to you honey.
I just hope we have a daughter just like you and as far as I’m concerned. I will be right in there helping change the diapers, bathing the baby and I will just love her so much it will hurt.
Well dear thanks for making or trying to make me a pair of socks. I’ll certainly welcome them. I’ve bought a couple of pairs of sicks from the store but I just wear them with my low shoes.
Bob is in fairly good shape again and in fact he was almost picked up on Saturday night. But I guess he hadn’t had very many drinks in him because he turned the little gal down.
Yes dear I read about Victor De Havelland. I knew him to see him but and it really is too bad. One of the boys that I used to work with in Ottawa also got killed in a crash while flying a plane. I do not know if you read about it or not but his name was Fred Hawke, he was really a swell fellow too. But I wouldn’t want you to worry about me darling so that was the only reason that I didn’t apply to be a pilot or observer. But we know that these eyes would not allow me to do it.
Well darling I’ll write you on Friday again and give you a lot more news. So dearest missing you very very much and loving you more and more then ever.

Bill

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September 27th, 1942

Hello Dearest:

I received you grand letter yesterday afternoon and gosh it was a nice big one. I haven’t got much news to tell you in this letter because I haven’t done much since Friday night, that was when I last wrote you.
I was speaking to your Mother yesterday afternoon as soon as I have finished reading you letter to see if she had any mail from you and she said no, so I told her all the news you told me, but I hope she has one for herself on Monday or heaven help you.
Boy, Bob certainly was lucky to be posted to Manning Depot Toronto, what’s the matter with you O’l dear, you must be slipping down there in the Air Force, but I am keeping my fingers and toes crossed for us that you get a posting closer to home.
Bill Dear, how long have you now been down in Halifax? I know it seems like years but exactly how many months?
Well Bill darling, Marg finally told me yesterday that her and Ted were being married at Christmas as far as she knows. She told me I could tell you but not to anybody else until she hears more from Ted. She has been expecting word all week, she had 2 letters on Monday but has not had any since but the mail takes a terrible time from Newfoundland. Ted said they could get married this leave or his next leave but if they wait until his next leave it will be another year and I told her she shouldn’t wait, it’s too much fun. Don’t you think so dear? I think I will be wearing a long dress in pink, Marg is wearing a long satin one and I think Nan Wilson is going to the other bridesmaid.
So darling if it is at Christmas for sure do you think there is a chance you might get home? But there is lots of time yet so we will just have to wait and see.
I was speaking to you Dad yesterday. Marg and I saw him when we were coming home from work. He was on his way up to Aunt Mattie’s. He was going to bring her down for supper. She is fine and so is everyone here dear, including me and boy am I ever eating. They can’t seem to give me enough to eat.
I went tot he show with Irene and Marg last night and we went to the Imperial and saw “Big Shot” with Humphrey Bogart and it was a very good picture. It poured rain last night though and we got soaked.
After the show we went to Aunt Bessie’s for a while as Mom, Dad and Beverley were there but I was in bed by 12:15AM.
Believe it for not dear but I bought some wool yesterday and I am going to try and knit a pair of socks, so don’t faint from the shock. I guess you are low in socks are you? I will not promised when I will have them finished but I will try and send them down to you soon.
We are all going to Aunt Bessie’s for supper tonight so I will phone your Mother before I go and see how she is doing. You Mother had a phone call from Leon’s Mother and she phoned to see how you were doing and where you were posted. Leon is stationed in London and seems to like it there very much. London is so far away from here dear, I hope that they do not think of posting you there, or I will have to come down and have a word with the Captain!
How is Bob getting along down there? Tell him I was asking for him. Is he behaving himself? Or should I ask such a question.
Lloyd came home this weekend. I think he is leaving next weekend. The first thing he did was to go over to his Mothers place to make sure that she is alright as I think she is still not speaking to Gladys.
Bill, do you know Victor Dehavilland? He was killed in a plane crash here in Canada just a few weeks ago and I was talking to him about a year ago. It is such small world and I wish it was smaller so it would bring me closer to you.
Well darling I guess I will finish now as my stomach calls and boy am I hungry but darling I will write Tuesday and give you some more gossip for good old Toronto.
So dearest missing you terribly and loving you very much

Doreen

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September 27, 1942

Hello darling:

I have just received your very nice package and darling I want to thank you very much but you shouldn’t have gone to all that trouble and expense.
Boy those cakes were not even messed up a bit. I’m giving each of the boys one cake for now but that will leave enough for another round or so tonight.
Last night a Roy and I went to the show and saw “Song of the Island” with Betty Grable and it was so funny, colourful and all in all it wasn’t bad. I was expecting a letter today but I guess the rain has held up the mail.
I haven’t got very much to tell you dear except that I certainly miss you and love you very much. But you know that. I missed you last night more than ever and you can imagine that when I get home we are going to go to the Royal York. Would it be nice if we could celebrate each August 5th there? I think that would be really swell.
I am looking forward to getting home more than ever, even though my leave seems so far away. But I bet I will still be in Canada regardless.
R.J Hobbs right now is yawning in his favourite spot, a bed, and you know why? Roy and him have been playing badminton and they look pretty tired and played out. I guess we will be going to the show at the station tonight.
It is pretty miserable here today. It has been raining a bit and getting a little colder each day. I just wish I was sitting in the front room back home dear with you beside me. I know how lucky I was then but I really realize now how much I really look forward to that again.
One of our boys got posted back to Ottawa Friday so I don’t think it will be very lone before something comes through but I do not think that I will be posted close to home, but all I can do is just wait, pray and be hopeful.
I guess Jack Dowds is still kicking around Manning Depot. Boy he is rather lucky but then in his trade he gets a lot bad breaks too so I guess in the long run I’m further ahead than he is.
Well dear so much for all my gossip. How is the job going? I hope you like it and you say you weigh about 109 pounds boy you will certainly make a nice armful and don’t you think I’m not going to find out when I come home.
There are certainly a lot of boys down here getting married. I think there were 3 last Saturday alone. but I really don’t think any of them got such a swell little wife as I did and I really mean that darling. but I think that there wives are a little more hotter stuff in bed ( I am kidding of course, how would I know?).
Well darling I have been at this letter for over an hour and I am afraid that I have not written anything good. Bob is just telling me that he all shot dear. He totally exhausted but he says he always has enough pep to meet up with one of the girls in Halifax.
I do not know how I am even writing this letter. The boys are running around trying to catch flies and sticking them on fly tape and then running around after each other. I guess the boys have a lot of pent up energy, god help the girls in town when they get their leave.
Well darling that is about all for now but I’ll write you Tuesday dear and so darling you “Always in my heart” and all my love

Bill

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September 25th, 1942

Hello Darling:

I received you nice wee note yesterday, but I didn’t get a chance to answer it until tonight. How are you keeping dear?
It is now Friday night and I am staying home to watch Beverely, I don’t mind though because I wanted to write you letter. Have you written your Mother yet? I am going to phone her after I write this letter but up until yesterday she hadn’t heard from you.
The weather here is still very cold and it has ben like a barn in our office and at home we can’t put the furnace on until Dad gets the pipes up and we just got them yesterday. We have the Quebec heater on in the kitchen so at least one room is warm.
I am glad you went to see Matt Kenny, I just wish I has been there with you and I certainly know how he can put those sentimental songs over as I have heard him on the radio.
I was over at your place on Wednesday and everybody is fine including your Aunts and it was grand and warm over at your place as you Dad had the furnace on and as usual we had a grand talk. Your Mother has your rocking horse down from the attic and she is going together your Dad to paint it and then she is going to give it to Beverley and after Beverley is finished with it we are going to get it dear.
Yes dear, I got the license OK and it is under lock and key. I sent you down a parcel yesterday dear so I hope you get it ok and I hope the cookies don’t get smashed up. I guess you should get it by Sunday or Monday but let me know dear.
I was supposed to got to he show with Gladys tonight but it seems she has a fight with Aunt Alberta, I don’t know if I should tell you this or not but I can’t seem to keep anything from you dear but perhaps your Mother will tell you so if she does you can let on that you don’t know a thing.
It seems that Lloyd has a joint account with his Mother and Gladys wanted to have it transferred to her name so they way she put it made Aunt Alberta got mad and she told Lloyd to get Gladys out of her house so he did and that’s that and as far as I know she isn’t talking to them. I feel sorry for poor Lloyd, it is only right he is going to stick up for his wife but also think how he must feel bout his Mother because she has been so good to him He is torn between Gladys and his Mother.
I think that is terrible because he might be going overseas in a couple of weeks and who knows what may happen over there. Oh well it will all work out OK. I hope for Lloyd’s sake it does.
I went to the show last night with Marg last night and we saw “Birth of a baby” and the both of us were near sick. I definitely haven’t got a weak stomach, but when we saw the baby being born it just about turned our stomachs. The picture was very interesting though. Now I know exactly what to do dear when I am going to have a baby and it also tell you when you know you are going to have a baby but I did not need to learn that as I saw what my own Mother went through last year.
I have some more news for to tell you that I shouldn’t because I don’t know for sure myself, so I want you to keep it to yourself until I know if it is true or not. Nobody knows yet but I think Marg and Ted are getting married when he comes home on leave at Christmas. Marg told her mother and Aunt Jessie told my mother and Mother told me so thats how the news got around. Marg hasn’t told me yet is until she does Mums-the-word.
If she does get married I am to be the Matron of Honour. She will be wearing a long dress and she will be having a big wedding. Oh darling I only hope that if it is true that by some chance you might be able to come down for it because I probably won’t be able to get down there. But I will let you know for sure on Sunday because by that time I think she will have told me. If you write you Mother do not tell her yet dear.
Gosh darling I am missing you so much its awful. Everybody thinks I don’t because I don’t cry when you leave me but if they only knew. I cry inside and darling its true I miss you with every beat of my heart. I think sometimes it actually hurts.
Darling I will close this letter now before I start to cry uncontrollably on the paper, and that surely will not do. So dearest loving you very much. All my love from your 107 pound wife.

Doreen

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September 24th, 1942

Hello Darling:

I am sorry dear that I have not written you sooner but I have really been busy the last few days so I hope you won’t mind to much now that you know why.
I have just about next to nothing to tell you though dear. I have been working the last 3 nights. I received a very nice letter from my Mother the same time as I got you and I will answer hers today as well.
I have just been talking to one of the boys here and the lucky guy, so you know where he is going, No.1 Manning Dept. Toronto . I’m praying that my chance is coming next. Oh darling if I got down there I would be the happiest guy in the world, and you know why.
You have been a busy little girl the last week haven’t you. But don’t go and get yourself run down now because who knows I might drop in on you and then with my in bad shape, well, there is just no future in that.
I just hope something happens down here and we know what is going to happen next one way or the other pretty soon. At any rate dear even if the worst happens I will at least get 14 days that is a lot more then Lloyd had and I guess that is enough time to have 3 or 4 babies or should we try and break the record. I know I would love to start and try, but this war is hanging over our heads.
Boy I’ve seen a lot of boys come through here from Toronto but I guess there are still quite a few kicking around. Just you keep you married self in check dear, if they are running around all the girls back home in Toronto.
Has Marg heard from Ted lately, how does he like it up there in Newfoundland? Boy I bet he would like to be back in Malton. Do you remember those Saturday and Sunday nights when you couldn’t get rid of me. Boy dear I would give anything to be back there again and then we would listen to all those spooky stories on the radio with you sinking in to my knee, that was the best part of it. I certainly used to look forward to that darling and you can bet that we will have fun like that one day when I get back home.
I want to tell you again dear that if you want anything you go ahead and buy it. You have some money ion the bank and dear I want you to use it. I can’t wait to see your new coat. I just wish I could take you out for the first time you wear it.
You did not tell me you where you are putting on the weight? I am using my imagination on where.
I think Bob and I are going to the show tonight as there is nothing doing on the station. I don’t know what is on but they play pretty good pictures around so we ought to see something fairly good.
It was a really swell day today and it should be after the rain we had here. But darling our barracks are just swell with all the water coverings and the heaters, we are just keeping fine. I am alone and lonely, but fine all the same.
Well darling I guess that is all for now and so I’ll just end by saying I love you ver very much and I hope to see you very soon darling because I never thought I could miss anybody so much as I do you.

Bill

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September 22nd, 1942

Hello Dearest:

I received your grand letter yesterday dear and I was glad to see that it was a nice long one. You were saying that you received my weeee note well darling seeing as how I am writing you 3 times a week they are bound to be shorter because before I only wrote 2 but I don’t think that they are so terribly wee.
At the present moment I am sitting with a large sweater over my shoulders because it has turned so cold it is just like winter. Quite number of people have their furnace on but as we haven’t got the pipes yes it is very cold in the house. I saw a lot of people with this winter coats on yesterday and today. As I told you I have been sleeping by myself but last night it was so cold that I went in with Marg to get warm, but darling I wish you were home to keep me warm. How about it?
I was speaking to your Mother not the phone just a few moments ago and she was telling me that your Aunt Mattie was telling her she received a lovely letter form you and I am glad that you wrote to her. Your Mother was asking me if I had told you about Aunt Mattie’s condition and I said yes, but told her that you would not tell anybody. Your Mother has not told your Dad in case he should happen to say anything. I told her that she should have a letter from you tomorrow as you said you were writing her the day after you were writing me.
Mother and Pop and Marg and Beverley are all fine and they re asking for you so is Auntie Jessie. I am fine too dear.
I weighed myself last night again and with my coat I weigh 109 pounds. Oh boy but it is OK dear (I hope) unless I am fooling myself.
You were asking me darling if I would like to come down to Halifax. Well darling you know I would more than anything else int he world but as you say you might be posted in 2 months. I think we should wait and see and if I were down there dear I might not get a job and I think while we have the choice we should save all the money we can. But I’ll tell you this much if you are not home for Christmas I am coming down to you because darling I couldn’t take brining in the New Year without you being with me. I think I will be able to get off work, my boss isn’t such a bad guy. He isn’t as nice as my other boss but he is OK. He doesn’t bother much with you. They say we are terribly busy there at Christmas for about a month before, we work every night but I won’t mind.
I am glad you liked my picture dear. I bought another roll of film so as soon as I finish it I will send them down to you. How about you sending me some?
We were all down at Aunt Alberta’s Sunday night, I mean your Mother and Dad, Aunt Mattie and Aunt Agnes and who do you think were there….the bride and groom. They came for supper and they are going to stay at Lloyd’s place until he goes back off of his leave, which is tomorrow night at 11PM. He thinks he will be going overseas in a couple of weeks. He just has to finish his training and then he thinks he will go with the next lot.
So darling I am much better off than Gladys because even if you are far away from me there is one happy thought which is you are not overseas and on the front lines.
I am going over to see your Mom and Pop tomorrow night. Your Dad had a holiday yesterday so you Mother and him went to Niagara for the day themselves. They didn’t take your Aunts because it would be too much of a ride for your Aunt Mattie.
On Friday might Mother and you Mother and I are going to a shower for Gladys. Ruth is having the shower for her. I am going to a trousseau tea next week for Kay Watson. That is her that is getting married to Jack Northcotte. I think they are being married 2 weeks this Saturday.
Marg has just gone over to Mrs. Simpson’s home dear and I am all by myself so you can now come over dear and keep me company. Darling can you promise me one thing. One time when you come home you will take me to the Royal York Hotel for a night because darling that night will remain in my heart forever. I think we could have a swell time don’t you?
I had a lovely letter from your Aunts in England. I am enclosing it with my letter so you can read it but don’t loose it. Send it back as soon as you have finished because I want to keep it.
I wrote them last week thinking them for the telegram but I guess it will be about a month before they get it.
Well dearest I guess that is about all for now but I will write to you on Thursday when I come home from the show.
Loving you more and more every day dear, and can’t wait for you to come home.

Doreen

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September 21st, 1942

Hello Darling:

Well just a wee little note to let you know that I am thinking of you all the time dear and if you knew just how much you would grab the first train and come down here.
It has been a miserable day, it has rained since this morning and all of my clothes are just soaked yet I got a new raincoat today and boy is it ever classy. It is a new issue with lots of drape and everything.
I was thinking how well it would be at home tonight nice and cosy and everything. Oh boy I can hardly wait dear. By the way Mart Kenny put on a show last night just for the service men at the and boy was it ever the biggest show in town. I have never seen an orchestra put so many guys into such a sentimental mood as they did and when they sand those song, I think that there was not a dry eye in the crowd.
We are certainly having some fun here tonight. All the boys are in and boy oh boy are they all excited. One of the boys is from London Ont, and he is really quite a funny guy. He has locked his key in his locker and he has borrowed a hack saw to saw the lock off but we told him it would be easier to take out the screws and now that he has the door off he can’t find the key. So he has to cut the lock off anyways. Never a dull moment here.
I’m certainly glad that my aunt is feeling OK for a while anyway. That news hit me harder than any news that I ever received. But I’m hoping and praying for a little better news. I don’t know what I’d do dear if anything ever happened to you, so take good care of yourself darling.
Well I guess the weddings are all done now boy, do I wish I was just going into the Royal York right now with you dear but I won’t be very long before we are together and then just watch out.
Did I forget to thank you for the shirts dear they swell and thank you very much. I wish I would repay you for everything you have done dear. When I come home, to think of our love for one another I really realize how lucky we are. Most of the boys talk about how they have many girls and all the girls are dating many boys. When I tell them how long I have been with you and that you have been the only one for me they really cannot believe me. But I know how lucky I was and so you see dear I didn’t let you get away and so now you are in the clutches (HA HA).
By the way dear did you get the license ok and incidentailly do you know how much money I’ve saved already? $22 not bad eh? Don’t ask me how and I will let you no lies.
Well that is about all dear for now but I’ll write you as soon as I get your answer so with all my love I remain
Your loving husband

Bill

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September 20th, 1942

Hello Darling:

It is now Sunday afternoon and I though I would write you now rather than wait until tonight because I will catch the 5PM mail. I was expecting a letter from you yesterday morning as you promised you would write me every second day but maybe the mail was held up Well dear whats new?
Well dear I have had a busy time with weddings since I wrote you last Thursday. Friday night I went and had my hair done then I was going to take Gladys’ gift to her, your Father was going to drive your Mother and I but he was too tired so we didn’t ‘t go. I stayed home and had a bath and did my nails and was in bed about 10PM. Then yesterday it was quiet for a whole 2 minutes and we have had company this weekend. About 6PM Friday night Auntie Jessie got a telegram from Uncle James’ brother saying he was in Montreal and was going to try and come and see her. He is from Glasgow and is with the Merchant Marines and he also wired Ian up at Alymer and he got a pass to get off for the weekend to see his uncle. Ian arrived in Toronto at 3AM and I had to get out of my bed so as to give Ian any bed.
Then Uncle Bob arrived about 10:30AM yesterday morning but he had to leave last night at 11:15PM as he had to be back in Montreal. He was with that convoy of 4 ships that were sunk just off the coast of Nova Scotia. He was saying that they were just 4 miles from land and gosh darling that is not far from you. Ian leaves today at 5:30PM back to Alymer.
Marg and I went to Marg McLeod’s wedding it was very nice but it was awful quiet there was only about 30 people in the church and they had a terrible day. It was raining all day. They did not seem very nervous though and after the wedding we went back o Marg’s house fort he reception. I think she had about 25 guests.
Then we had to rush as we had to be at Lloyd’s at 7:45 and we just made it there before the bride. They had a very nice wedding and Gladys looked very nice and so did Ruth. Murray Duff was an usher and as I was walking down the aisle with him he said “didn’t you used to work at College st?” and I said I did. He said he thought I recognized you, he said I guess you don’t remember me and I said I did. He looked very nice, his wife and little girl.
After the church service we took Roy Duff and some other fellows and boy can he dress. I forget the other fellows name but your Mother knows him well and was he funny. You Aunt Agnes and Aunt Mattie were there and they looked lovely except Aunt Mattie is looking terribly thin. They had a hall at the Diet Kitchen till 11:30, they danced a wee bit but not very much as they had rugs down on the floor. They had a fellow playing the piano and he sure could play. We left about 10:45PM as we had to go down to the station to see Marg’s uncle Bob away.
Gosh darling, when I saw Marg and Gladys looking so happy on their wedding day I wished it was us all over again and boy did I miss you last night and I just had a good weep when I came home.
What have you been doping with yourself?
Well dearest that is all the news for me now as I have to get dressed before supper, but I will write you again on Tuesday so how about you keeping your word and write me every second day because darling I feel so darn lonely but your letters always make me feel better.
Gosh darling I hope the day comes very soon when I can be in your arms again because I certainly miss them, so please write soon dear.
All my love dearest

Doreen

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September 18th, 1942

Hello Darling:

I received your “wee” letter last night and as I was working I did not get a chance to answer it until today.
I guess you realize how sorry I was to hear about my Aunt, but I hope that she lasts for a year or two anyways. I am certainly praying for it anyhow. I wrote a letter to each of my Aunts yesterday but of course I didn’t say anything. I only hope that if anything does happen that I am a little closer to home than I am at the present time.
I hope “ma” Booth is feeling like her old self again and that little Beverley is a cuddly as her big sister. At any rate I could certainly go for some of that cuddling right now. Honestly dear I think of you practically all the time. Incidentally I am keeping an eye open to see if there are any flats or anything not to bad down here. Because darling I want you down here more than anything else in this world.
I wouldn’t want you to come down though unless I found some place that would be suitable for my little darling. Would you like to come down for a couple of months just to see if you would like it? But I would hate for you to quit your job dear, especially as you like it so well. But let me know what you want dear because I wouldn’t want you to come down so far from home unless you really wanted to even though I really want you as much as I do.
Well I do not think I have a thing to tell you though darling. It is still like summer down here. I’m playing quite a bit of tennis and they had a concert last night with about almost 20 girls but honestly darling I did not think one of them was nearly as nice as you and I really mean that. In fact I haven’t seen a girl since I’ve come down here that I would look at twice!
So you want a baby now eh? OK darling I’ll be right home and fix it up? Where do you want to say the Royal York and darling wouldn’t that be wonderful and someday soon darling we will have a second honeymoon. Darling I cannot stop raving about those pictures you sent me in that swell dress. I really am proud of it dear you certainly look pretty cute. I think I’ll marry you legally now, Oh I forgot I already have.
I guess by the time you get this letter Lloyd will be a married man. I don’t know why I waited so long dear because I always did know you were the right one and darling you can depend on it you always will be the only girl for me forever.
I had a nice little chat with the stations Padre and he said that he was glad that I was married. He said that it was the most wonderful relationship in the world if a man and a woman love each other and darling that really is true about us. Especially the way I love you and even though we are separated it will only tend to increase that love and bring us closer together than ever. Lloyd and Gladys will be as a happy I am sure.
Bob has returned from his leave but no one ever writes him. I think he is a little bit jealous of me as I have such a wonderful wife who writes me all the time and family who take time out of their days to write me as well. I do feel a bit sorry for him however.
Don’t forget to think over that idea about coming down dear. You know how much I want you. Darling you know it wont be like home and it might be a little tough. So think about it and let me know dear because I would not be surprised f some of us are posted out over the next 2 months and we might go east and we might go west so I do not know what would happen.
I am going to write my Mother tomorrow, I thought I would wait until I received a letter from her but as you say she is busy. I’ll write as soon as I can.
Well darling that is about all for now but I’ll write you on Sunday again. Honey and Darling, from the very bottom of my heart I give you all my love and all my soul.
Missing you and love you very much

Bill

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P.S I am going to send this by regular mail as you will not get it by Air Mail by Monday anyways