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I have been very fortunate to talk about this amazing journey on a number of shows, and if you would like to watch here are the links to the segments.

https://toronto.ctvnews.ca/toronto-man-finds-hundreds-of-his-grandparents-touching-love-letters-from-1940s-1.5329059

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/grandson-shares-love-letters-from-wwii-discovered-in-an-old-suitcase-1.5931683

December 13th, 1942

Hi Darling;

Well darling here I am again that awful wife of yours who hasn’t written you since last Tuesday, but then I am not the only now who is bad, as I only had one letter from you last week which was on Tuesday. I thought I would have had one yesterday but no luck, but I hope I have one tomorrow.
Well dear it is now Sunday night about 9PM and I have just come back from the Danforth as I had to go down and get a writing pad and stamps as Marg used everything up writing Ted, again! Boy was it sure cold out. I ran all the way home, gosh darling I sure wish you were here to keep me warm but just think darling 2 weeks time and I will be with you and oh boy, what a time we will have.
I have been real busy at this house this last week and between the excitement of the coming down to you and working nights I am almost a wreck (Oh yeah!) I feel as fresh as a daisy and ready to go if you know what I mean.
I think it was last Wednesday night about 4:30PM and phone call are in for me and it was the telegraph office. Well dear my heart almost sank down to my shoes, I thought something had happened to you but I sighed a sigh of relief when he said my ticket had been wired from Halifax and it was waiting for me at the Union Station whenever I wished to pick it up, so you can bet your boots I went down the next day. I went down on my lunch hour and got it, and had no trouble at all. So I have it put away in my cedar chest and I have made my reservation.
I leave here Monday morning at 9:15 and arrive in Halifax at 9:45PM Tuesday evening. So dearest you can bet your life I won’t be sleeping that night (and I hope not to sleep on the first night I am with you) how about you? So dear everything is set all I have to do is wait for Monday morning of the 28th if I can control myself until then. I am getting cabin trunk from Auntie Bessie and I will pack all my thing in there and have it out in the baggage car and I won’t have the worry of carrying a lot of cases, all I will carry is the small blue suitcase you sent me for my birthday.
I was going over to see your Mom and Pop tonight but your Mother phoned me and asked if I wouldn’t mind not coming over as Aunt Mattie wanted to see her as she is pretty bad today. So I said of course not, but your Dad came over to see me for a little while and gosh he sure is tickled with Beverley and he was holding her and she was pulling on his nose and that sure tickled him He said he wish she was his but Mom said maybe he would have a grandchild soon, so who knows eh? He was going home to paint the ricking horse you used ot have a baby and they are giving it to Beverley which I think is very nice of them. He was also going to talk something over with your about coming home in case anything happened to Aunt Mattie because they don’t seem to think that she will be here at Christmas, and I know darling this seems a terrible thing to say but rather than have her suffer all the time maybe it would be better if she just slept away because I really think she is suffering something awful. But you know your Aunt Mattie she never complains. I guess I will never understand why the best people always have to suffer.
Mother and I sent her up as dozen bottles of Canada Dry because she is able to drink that OK but she is not able to eat very much as she brings everything up. I tried to get her this special kind of jelly that is very nursing but OI wouldn’t get any as it comes from England.
Mother, Aunt Jessie and Dad went up last week to see her for just a few minutes. Mom was all set to buy Aunt Agnes’ house and was all set to go and see Aunt Agnes’ lawyer but I guess you saw the headlines, that a new law has come out that no more houses to be sold for a year to the duration, but Mom wrote Ottawa and explained her position, so we will just have to wait until we have an answer.
We had more excitement around here last Thursday night. Auntie Bessie had a telegram from Uncle Stan saying that he would arrive in Toronto at 5:30 on Friday night, so you can bet that she was all thrilled also Irene and Jessie. Mom and Dad also went down to meet him, he came in at the Exhibition. I had to work that night but I called in past form work to see him. Just think it has been 3 years since we said goodbye to him. He has not changed much except he seems awful hard but I guess it was the hard like he had over there. He said I had not changed any and I hadn’t grown any and she said “and you went and got married, why I uses to remember bouncing you on my knee”. He was asking for you and boy the experiences he was talking is it just made me shudder and guess no wonder it has made him so hard.
Last night I went to the show with Jessie as Marg went to bed because she was so tired and Irene didn’t want to go. We saw “Take a little Darling” and it was very good. We worked yesterday afternoon and I have to work Monday, Wednesday and Friday plus Saturday afternoon. Boy the tales I have been hearing about Halifax darling, oh boy, especially about the sailors, so darling just hold tight to me when I get down there or I might run off with a sailor!
We had company for supper tonight we have, Aunt Jessie friend and they are all discussing Marg’s wedding and what a fuss they are having. It seems that the Simpson clan are up to no good again. They are having some very specific demands about the wedding, one would think that they are getting married and not Marg. They are concerned about the number of people Marg and Ted are inviting. It is not like they are paying for the wedding so I not sure what all the fuss is about. All I know is that Aunt Jessie is having none of it and I certainly hope there is not another blow up again for Marg’s sake. We have to go down and get our dresses tomorrow and hey are all finishes and waiting for us. We were supposed to go today but Bob came int his weekend and they were stepping out.
Well my dearest I will close now but I promise I will write you on Tuesday. So my darling love from your wee wife who love you more than anything else in the world.

Doreen

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December 9th, 1942

Hello Darling:

Well here it is 9:30 Wednesday night and I have just had a shower and I’m all really to settle down and write a real long letter. I was down at the station tonight and you should have your ticket tomorrow morning.
Now dear, I’ll try and explain what you are to do. First reserve a berth for yourself it will cost you about $3.50 or so, but you can arrange that at the station, but don’t forget to reserve it quite a few days ahead because there is likely to be a big crowd on that train.
Now the train leaves Toronto at 9:15 in the morning and you get into Montreal at about 5:15 or 5:30 in the afternoon. You will have about 2 hours to spare but don’t wander around to much dear to you’ll be picked up. Well anyway you get the “Ocean” limited at 7 o’clock and you will have your berth already for you dear and you should get in here the following night about 9:40 or so but I imagine that it will be late but you can bet darling that your husband will be there waiting for you, all smiles.
That will give you a rough idea of what you are to do dear but you had better just check up on that. Oh yes and one thing more I want you to have real good meals on the train dear because I want this to be a real swell vacation for you and you can bet dear that I will certainly try my darnedest to make it so.
Do you realize dear that in less than 3 week we will be together again and will we ever make up for lost time. Have you got a trunk yet dear, there is really nothing much that you will need to send down. The married fellow I work with said that he and his wife brought all their bedding and other stuff down here but he did say that she also wrote home for some of her things however dear, as I told you in my last letter you can send some sheets and pillow cases and maybe a blanket or two down.
Well my old eyes are just about to close dear. I wrote my mother today and tried to cheer her up a bit. All the boys have gone bowling tonight and so I am alone again. By the way dear the orchestra on the radio is playing “The very thought of you” and boy is it ever sweet and darling when I do think, which is practically all the time, I feel pretty good. So I don’t know how I’m going to behave when I see you dear. So you better be ready for the worst but in the meantime get all that rest you have been telling me about because I’m ready for anything and everything by the way you had better be too.
We’ll be having our second honeymoon when Marg and Ted are having their first and I bet we will be having a lot more fun than they do, boy am I ever getting impatient.
I had to laugh yesterday, a fellow came up to me and said did I think that he would be around here long enough just to have a few more nights with his wife because she came all the way down from Toronto to be with him. He certainly looked like he had been put through the ringer, and when I say ringer I mean long, long nights. But he said he was having fun.
Well darling I’m afraid that I will have to close now but I just want to say dear that I think I’m the luckiest guy in the world to have such a sweet loveable wife as you and I love you so very, very much but actions speak louder than words and I have a lot of actions to show you.
All the love from the bottom of my heart,

Bill

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December 8th, 1942

Hello Darling:

I have just finished reading your nice letter over for the third time, but I always read your letters about 2 or 3 times.
Well dear everything here is just about the same, except that I am missing you more and more everyday and can hardly wait for the 28th to come.
As soon as I finish your letter I am going to bed as I sort of feel a cold coming on, so I went up to the nurse and she gave me some cold capsules to take but darling don’t worry I have not got the cold yet and I don’t intend to get it so that is why I am going to bed. I can’t take any chances of getting a cold before I come down. There is an awful lot of the flu going around. Jessie had it over the weekend and was off work yesterday and Raymond had a temperature of 103 but I don’t think that is very serious at least we hope it isn’t.
We worked until 8:30PM last night but gee the time sure went fast. I was talking to some of the fellows I used to work in the General Office at Eaton’s and they were kidding me about married life, but they said I looked as if I was enjoying it and Oh darling if they only knew just how much I love being married to you.
Mom and Dad have gone out to buy Beverley a new bed as she is getting too big for the one she has now, so I washed her and put her to bed to let them have the night out, gee won’t I be a big help when I grow up! I was talking to your Mom tonight and she is fine dear except that she has not got used to her new teeth yet, but it will just take time, but they look very nice. She was up at Aunt Mattie’s all day today and is going back up again tonight as Aunt Mattie is very low. I hate to tell you all the time how sick she is Bill, but I want you to be pressured in case anything happens.
I was going to go up and see her but she is not able to speak to anybody and I don’t think she can be bothered with anybody other than your Mother, so dear if you get a chance please try to drop her a few lines. Oh another thing O’l dear I phoned Mrs. McCombie and told her you had received your parcel OK and thanked her as I heard she was asking if you had got it OK. So when you get this letter you just sit right down and write her a wee note thanking her because I am getting into trouble from your Mother and also from my Mother for you not writing, and so you are going to be keeping busy O’l thing writing letters so you had better tell the boys you are too busy for fooling around.
Darling that room you were telling me about in your letter sounds like heaven, and that is just what it will be as long as I am with you, so don’t worry about me liking it. Yes I think it would be nice to bring some of our own sheets and pillow cases down with me but, I won’t bring much as I won’t have much room to carry them in. Gosh I am getting all goose pimples just thinking about it. I guess you will be getting good at the sewing angle. I guess I won’t have to do any when I come down eh? I will let you do it all.
Marg is sitting here writing Ted and she told me to tell you that she wouldn’t forget to send down to you a piece of cake. She had a letter form Ted yesterday and today and feels much better now because she know for sure that he is OK after his accident on the truck.
You know darling, the funniest thing it that I am not the least bit excited for Christmas or Marg’s wedding, the only thing I can think of is how soon will it be before the 28th gets here. I think all my Aunts and cousins are coming down tot he station to see me off.
We had a letter form Ian on Saturday so I guess he did not get a chance to come and see you because he said but he time we got the letter he would probably be on his way overseas. Did I tell you that the English fellow tat was here with him got his commission? I was talking to Pete Halliday while I was coming home from work on the streetcar last night and she was asking for you. He was telling me his brother is still stationed in Ottawa but he thinks he is going to be posted to Halifax. Pete was saying that he thinks he will be getting married next year.
Well dear I guess I will close now as I have not any more paper to write on but I will write you a wee bit longer letter on Thursday.
So darling loving you and hoping to see you very, very soon.
Love from the very bottom of my heart,

Doreen

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December 6th, 1942

Hello Dearest;

Well dear I’m sorry I didn’t write sooner but I wanted to wait until I got something definite to tell you about getting a place down here and have I ever been lucky but I’ll tell you from the start.
Well I’ve got three places for you to choose from but there is one in particular that you would like dear. It is just one room but it is very nice and clean and has brand new furniture in it and there is only a lady and her daughter living there. Her son was killed in the Air Force about 3 months ago and because of that she is very partial to Air Force fellows and she made it quite clear to me that she was doing it for that reason only and not as a money making proposition.
So I really think that is the best bit and she is holding it for us until you come down dear as I’ve told you before dear if it had been normal times I would have had a nice home for you dear but as long as we are together that is the main thing as far as I am concerned. Oh yes I forgot to tell you it is only 5 minutes from the depot and only about 5 minutes from the street car so all in all I think I’ve been very lucky because I know lots of fellows who have been down here for months and have not got a place nearly as nice as this. But I’ll just wait until you get down and see what you think of it, but it is a big worry on my mind anyways.
Now the next thing, your railway ticket. I’m going to pick up your Transportation Warrant and I think that I’m supposed to take it down to the station here and they’ll wire Toronto and delivery your ticket to you and dear as soon as you get it don’t forget to make you reservations for the morning of the 28th.
I really don’t know everything that you should bring down darling, but if you can get a trunk, bring a couple of pairs of pillow slips and a couple of pair of sheets and anything you really think we need but the room has really everything that we need even sheets, blankets and pillow slips. But I still think it would be nicer if we used our won and as for meals we will decide that when you come down as we will have 5 fine days all by ourselves and will we ever have a fun time. I’m just praying that you will like it darling because I would not want you to feel homesick or lonely but I’ll try my best to make you happy because you know dear that is going to be the main ambition for the rest of my life.
Well let me see now whats new, oh yes they had a swell wrestling and boxing show here on Thursday night and everybody had a swell time. The last bout was a professional wrestling boat, one navy fellow and one army fellow and boy did they ever get wild. They kept throwing each other out of the ring all night but of course the army fellow won, but it was a great show anyways.
Friday night I tried to do a little sewing and generally spent a quite evening at home listening to the radio. Last night I went to the show and saw “Wake Island” it was a grand picture, maybe because there was no woman in it (HA HA) but you know we cannot do without you little darling.
Tonight as usual we are having a show and so that is that I’ll be doing tonight for entertainment but I guess we will listen to the “Inner Sanctum” too. I received a very nice letter from my Pop and I am going to answer him tomorrow. I’m awful sorry that my aunt is no better and I hope that I get a chance to write her tomorrow as well. So you ran into Dot the other day eh? So I am glad that you and her had a chance to talk and I certainly can see where she would fit in working for the department manager, using her ways to get ahead. I think the Toronto gals are smarter on that front than the wild woman of Halifax.
Well Marg’s special date is getting closer, tell her not to forget to send a nice big hunk of cake down here and I certainly hope that she will be happy, even half as happy as we are dear even though we have been separated, but I am glad that we have been apart darling because it has made me realize just how much I love you and how much I need you but I’ve said this all before.
Oh yes before I close I just want to remind you to bring down some extra money and also our pass book because we don’t want to run short of money but I don’t think we will.
Well dearest I really must finish now as I have to do a little work this afternoon and I want this letter to get away before the mail closes.
So you are going to give me a lot when you come down OK? I’ll remind you of that dear because I’ve certainly got an awful lot for you too darling and just think only 3 weeks tomorrow you will be leaving.
Loving you with all my heart, your very loving husband,

Bill

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December 6th, 1942

Hello Darling:

I received your very nice but short letter, but darling I certainly look forward to them.
It is now Sunday night and I have just finished listening to Guy Lombardo who was on the Band Wagon and he was very good. Auntie Polly and Uncle Bill have just come in so I guess I want be going to my bed very early. Billy is in this weekend but he is up at his girlfriends, I think they are getting real serious.
Well dear, now lets see what I have done since I last wrote you. Thursday night Marg had a shower for Rena and there was about 30 people here so I was late getting to bed, it was about 1AM, but we had a very nice shower. Friday night Ann and I had a shower for Marg and there was about 14 people there. We had the shower up at Ann’s house and had a very nice evening.
Claude, that’s Ann’s brother is a regular jitter bug fiend and has 127 records, so you can imagine the fun we had trying to play all those records. He has all the new ones, so I was getting caught up on my music. He wants Irene, Jessie, Marg and myself to come up some night and have a regular old jam session but for the next 3 weeks I don’t think I will be having a free evening. I am working Monday, Wednesday and Friday until 8:30PM, including Saturday afternoon, which we started last Saturday.
Then I am staying downtown for supper and a show with Helen Allan on Tuesday as she wants to see me before I go down to Halifax. Then Thursday night is the lodge dance, and they are having a Christmas party for the children, so we are going to take baby Beverley and show her off. So there is my whole week filled up. I won’t be able to go over and see your Mom and Dad until next week. I feel awful, but I just can’t help it with my busy schedule. I do phone her every night.
Your Mom was going to come to our shower on Friday but she only dropped in for a minute as she was going up to see Aunt Mattie. I phoned her this afternoon to let her know that I had received a letter from you yesterday. I asked her if she had heard from you and she said no, but she was sort of hurt Bill dear because yesterday was her Birthday and she thought she might have had a card from you, but I guess it just slipped you mind. Its just too bad dear, that you didn’t remember to tell me and I could have sent her a card. She was going up to see Aunt Mattie because Bill darling she is going down fast. She went to there bed last week and has never been up since. Your poor Mother is terribly worried and she seems to be so terribly downhearted so Bill dear, please write her and sheer her up a wee bit. I was going to ask her to the show but I don’t know when. Marg was going to send Aunt Mattie and Aunt Agnes and your Mom and invitation to her wedding but your Mom said not to bother, but if Aunt Mattie was OK that your Mother would come to the wedding.
I bought you Dad a nice grey sweater, and I was going to get your Mother stalkings and underwear and also you Aunt a set of underwear. I was going to say they were from you and I but you could send them up something small if you wanted to. I was thinking about getting your Uncle Jack a pair of socks but darling, if you can think of anything to get them other than what I have suggested please let me know.
You were saying you were having cold weather where you are but I don’t think you could be having any colder than what we are having here because she sure is cold! Marg, Irene and I were down to Doris’ for our fitting and darling they look grand, mine is pale blue and I was just wishing that you were home here to see me in it, but I guess it will have to wait.
Bill darling, that room you have picked for us, it is furnished isn’t it? Be sure and let me know exactly what to bring down, you could maybe ask that Airforce fellow’s wife what she had to bring down with her, then I would know for sure what to bring down. That is the only thing that worries me, but I certainly am looking forward to taking the train trip.
You were saying that you 2 surprises would be better than mine, so I will take you up on that 50 cent bet, but darling I hope you like my surprises because your opinion means more to me than anything else, but you haven’t very long to wait, just 3 more weeks.
I am sorry dear that I had to stop for a wee while, as Billy McKenzie has just dropped in and he has brought his girlfriend in and I had to stop writing and go through and talk to her. She is a very nice girl and she also works at Easton’s in the cash office. They have just gone home as Bill has to leave on the 11:30PM train back to Camp Borden. He is looking good and is putting weight on or maybe it is the heavy uniforms they have to wear.
Mother has just gone up to bed and Dad is making the baby’s bottle up. Mom is awful tired, I don’t think she will ever be the same as she used to be, by 9 o’clock at night she is ready for her bed, but the baby takes an awful lot out off her, but perhaps when Beverley is walking Mother might feel a lot better. I guess that is what happens when you have a baby at 40.
I am fine though dear, but I think I have stopped putting on weight (for a while), but I am eating like a horse and that is supposed to be a bad sign. I laughed at Marg the other night, she was saying that I would have to give her a few hints because she said it would be just her luck to get caught the first time, so good o’l me gave her a few (HA HA) I don’t think Marg and Ted ever had real talks like we used to have and darling I am certainly glad we did have those talks. Marg was asking me if I was scared he first night and I told her I wasn’t, I was just thrilled. I don’t know why people should be afraid the first night especially if they are with their one true love.
Well my darling, I will close now because it is was past your wee wife bedtime and as you say I must get plenty of rest and that goes for you too.
So write soon dear and loving you very, very much;

Doreen

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December 2, 1942

Hello Dearest;

I am sorry that I did not get the chance to write you last night, but I guess you will forgive me (I hope)?
How are you darling? Well what can I tell you, gosh it is cold here tonight and I think today has been the coldest we have had. What a happy thought darling to think that you will be keeping me warm in just about 3 weeks time. Gosh the time is sure going fast but it can’t go to fast to suit me. Pardon me dear as I step away and have a cup of tea. Now I have had my cup of tea I feel much better except that I am so awful tired. I am just about dropping. I guess I won’t get any rest until I come down to Halifax (I only kidding darling) as I certainly don’t want to rest when I come down there.
I have just finished polishing upstairs, Dad helped me as Marg is having a shower here tomorrow and as she was working tonight until 9 she would be too tired to do it when she comes home so Dad and I did it. They are through in the front room putting the decorations up so as soon as I finish your letter I will go through and help them.
Last night the office had a a shower for Marg and she got some grands things we had to go away out to the west end of the city and what a night it was just pouring rain, We were in the most beautiful home, I think I was ever in. It was the home of Inspector Crosby of the police force and Bill you should have seen he recreation room, that is where we had the shower. It was grand, what a swell place for a party. Mr Simpson called for us, and for once the old so-in-so was is in good humour. I was sitting in front with him and Mrs Simpson and he was kidding me all the way home. As for Mrs Simpson, it looked like she was sitting on a piece of glass, as you can only imagine. Oh, something else I was going to tell you, poor Ted had another accident. It seems he was driving a truck or something and he fell off and hit his head and was unconscious for about 5 hours and he has a concussion and was int he hospital. As much as I dislike the old guy I feel sorry for him, he has had nothing but bad luck since he went to Newfoundland. I think he has just about lived in the hospital since he went there. Marg was worried about him but I guess he is OK now because his Mother had a letter from him yesterday.
I am glad darling that you have a place for us to stay not that I was worried but I feel better now. Be sure and let me know that I will need to bring down with me. Darling I can hardly wait to hear the good news you have to tell me, and I can hardly wait to hear it with my own ears and not imagine what your voice sounds like in my head. But gosh Bill dear, 3 weeks is an awful long time to wait to hear the news, but I guess I will have to wait and Bill dearest don’t worry about me enjoying the train trip down because I know I will. I am looking forward to it very much because it will be the first time I have travelled alone and I don’t care if I have to stand all the way as lone as I am on my way down to you.
Oh Bill, you will never guess who I ran into on the street outside of work, but Dot McGee! She threw her arms around me and gave my such a hug it almost crushed me. I was afraid to hug her back because she looked so skinny and gaunt, I think she has been burning both ends of the candle. She told me that she is now in another office, which is not the same as when we worked together, she is now working for one of the department heads, and she get along swell with him (I think we both know what that really means). She had to run off and do an errand for him but she said to give you her love and and that we should get together real soon. I would like that, as I miss that old broad.
I am having a shower for Marg on Friday and your Mom is coming to take one also, gosh she sure has been good at turning out for Marg’s showers.
You were saying you were talking to an old Wilkinson pal but you didn’t say what his name was. Gee Alex is certainly lucky if he gets his commission and gets posted back to Canada, but as you say I guess he deserves it. I wonder how Stan is making out?
I was talking to Helen Allen today and she was saying that a large number of R.C.A.F fellows had landed in England and she thinks Jack was probably one of them so she is just anxiously waiting to het a telegram from hime, I am going to the show with her next week as that will be the only chance I will have before I leave for Halifax.
I phoned Doris tonight but she was out as Bob is home for 3 days leave as she is being posted to Kingston so they are making hay while the sun shines.
Bill oh dear just you watch that those Halifax women don’t get too enthusiastic with you and if they are just watch out. Well dearest I really must finish now as I have a lot to do before I go to bed but I will try and write you Friday, but if not I will write you Sunday for sure. Oh I forget to tell you dear I got your cheque OK and it was for $75. I can see that is it unless to say that you shouldn’t give me so much.
But darling I promise I will give you a lot when I come down. Loving you with all my heart,

Doreen

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December 2nd, 1942

Hello Darling:

I received your very nice letter yesterday dear and I know I really should have written you yesterday but I’ve been so darn busy the last 3 days that I have not had the time to do anything. It is noon on Wednesday now and the wind is really blowing a sou’ western boy I’m certainly a real blue-noser now with all those nautical terms and everything.
So you are doing all your shopping dear good, and I hope that you bought something nice for yourself because darling if I was home I would be buying my darling wife something all the time because dear I really think that is what husbands are for. I am going to get my Mom and Dad and my aunts a little something from down here and you go and get whatever you want to dear for them as well.
I’m sorry dear that I confused you about when you should leave for down here but I was to start my leave on the 28th but it was changed to the 29th and so that is why I wanted you to leave on the 28th so darling if you leave on the morning of the 28th you will arrive on the night of the 29th. I am going to the accounts department this afternoon and get a warrant for you dear and I’ll send it down either in my next letter or the next week anyway.
I am glad that you are getting lots of rest because dear you are certainly going to need it. Oh dear, if you only knew how much I’m looking forward to being with the sweetest little girl in the world and incidentally the one I am very much in love with. Well it is only a few more weeks and then…..
Well let me see now. I’ve got a couple of places all lined up but I think I’ve got the right one picked out. It is $25 a month darling and dear I just want to tell you that someday I’ll make it up to you for starting our married life in one room because in the near future I hope that we will have a real nice little bungalow and lots and lots of children running around. It sounds swell to me darling how about you?
We are having a motion picture tonight and tomorrow night, we are having a wrestling and boxing show again on Friday night and that is our program for the week and that is the reason why I do not need any additional money dear so don’t worry about we getting broke. Rex is quite the boy eh? I guess he is winning the war all by himself well I guess he has seen a little more action then we are.
So you have a couple of surprises too well you tell me your and I’ll tell you mine. Oh I guess one had better wait until we see one another because it will be a lot more fun that way dopnt you think so dear? But I bet mine are bigger surprises than your and I will bet you 50 cents.
I saw by the Toronto Star that Michael Ayres and the Mondernaires and Paul Firman were all at the Royal York last night, boy we certainly would have bene out on the town if I was there wouldn’t we dear? I’m looking forward to doing a lot of stepping out with you when we are together down here.
I think that I’ll have to do my letter writing in the letter room from now on because the boys are certainly making a lot go noise right now and I can’t concentrate at all. So dear I just hop that you will overlook all my mistakes in this letter but darling I’m certainly not making a mistake when I say that I love you more than anything else in the world and look after yourself dear because I don’t know what I’d do if anything ever happened to you dear.
So darling with all my heart I remain you ever loving husband,

Bill

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November 29th, 1942

Hi Darling:

Here I am again and it is Sunday night and I have just finished listening to the Band Wagon and gosh, it sure was good but I guess you heard it. You know darling this may seem crazy to you but every time I listen to the bands on the radio it makes you see me close to me and I can just picture the 2 of us dancing together and I always feel much better after I listen to music.
They all think I am listening to that “hot” music, but I think you understand me. I mean Mom, Pop and Marg think I am nuts.
Well dear what is new with you? Have you been behaving yourself, or have you been misbehaving with those Halifax girls. I just finished washing my hair and as soon as I finish your letter I am going to hit the hay.
Thursday night I went over to see you Mom and Dad and they are both fine dear. I think your Dad is going to write you today. I have just finished trying to get your Mom on the phone but the line was busy but I will try in a few minutes.
I gave your Mom and Dad a nice cut glass bowl with a silver band around it from us and a nice card for their anniversary and they were all thrilled about it Bill. Your Dad kept raving about it all night. Bill dear after the way Mr. and Mrs Simpson have acted towards Marg it certainly made me appreciate having such a grand mother-in-law and father-in-law because they are very good to me. Your Mother was asking me what I wanted for Christmas and I told her I really hadn’t thought much about it, the only thing I think is how soon it will be before I am down there with you. She was asking if I wanted something for the house that we will eventually get or something just for me. I decided that I wanted something for the house and she gave me the money to go buy it, and I decided on those bathroom hampers I always wanted. I bought a green on and it is just swell.
Oh darling just think of all the fun we will have once this awful war is over, planning things together, being together in the same place.
Friday night as I told you Auntie Lizzie and Mom had a shower for Marg and we all have a grand time. Your Mom and Aunt Agnes were there and there was about 45 people there altogether. Mrs Simpson sat in a corner with a sour look on her face, waiting for everyone to come to her. But I just smiled and never even spoke to her. Everybody was asking about my husband, but you would not know half of them if I told you.
Darling would you please make up your mind, once you said your leave would start on the 28th and now you say it will start on the 29th. I was all set to leave on the 27th, if I could get a train leaving then, but now I don’t know if I should leave on the 28th so be sure and let me know.
Last night I went to the show with Hazel Coswell . We went to the Oakwood theatre and saw “Holliday Inn” with Bing Crosby and it was a fantastic picture, but I guess you have seen it because you always seee the new pictures before they get here. Hazel was telling me that Rex won’t be coming home because he is flying spitfires. I think that guy strings her along. One minute he is doing one thing and then the next minute he is doing another. I was home and in bed by 12 o’clock which I think was very good.
Yesterday afternoon Dad had to go over to Auntie Lizzie’s and pick Marg’s things up, so Mother and I went with him and we took Beverley with us and went and saw Auntie Mattie and Aunt Agnes as they wanted to see the baby. Your Mother was also there and so was Miss Virtue and she told me to give her love to you. Aunt Agnes and Uncle Jack are fine. Aunt Mattie was in bed but she came downstairs when we came in. She is not looking too bad and she was asking for you. Oh I forgot to tell you your Mom got her teeth yesterday and they look very nice. I was just talking to her just now and she says they are hurting her a wee bit and she cannot eat that much. Your Dad is writing you tonight also so I guess you will get his letter the same time as mine.
Everybody is fine here except Mom is tired. She gets very tired because Beverley takes a lot out of her. Beverley was at the shower Friday night and she stole the whole show. By the time you get back here dear she will be a big girl. She is also getting so spoiled. I bought her a playpen for Christmas from us, is that OK with you dear? I didn’t think you would mind.
I am going to do all my shopping tomorrow because the 20% off at work stops on Tuesday. I am going to get you Dad as sweater. I don’t know what I am going to get your Mom but I will think of something.
Well dearest I will close now as I am going to have a cup of tea but I will try and write you Tuesday. I will not promise because I am going to the shower for Marg on Tuesday and Thursday night Marg is having a shower for her girlfriend as she is being married the same day as Marg.
With that then, all my love and loving you with all thy heart darling,

Doreen

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November 28th, 1942

Hello Dearest:

I received you letter yesterday dear and as usual I was very glad to hear from you. Well at long last the winter has hit us down here and really with a bang too. There is about 60 M.P.H gales blowing around and you can bet little Willie won’t be sticking his nose out today.
Well darling I’ve made reservations at the Lord Nelson Hotel for us darling beginning on the 29th of December so if you leave on the morning of the 28th you will get in here on the night of the 29th because that is all it takes , only 2 days to come down. I’ve also got a wee little place lined up darling. There is an Airman there now but he is getting posted out and he is going to speak to the landlady about us but he says that is will be OK for us, and from what he has told me it is not bad at all. The lady who owns the place said that we can use the kitchen anytime we want. So darling it won’t be long now and I don’t think I’ve look forward to anything so much before, not even getting married.
I was talking to the boys in the accounts department and they said I would not need to get the warrant for another couple of weeks and I will pay for everything down here and all you will do is take it down to the station and turn it in for a train ticket and make your reservations. I don’t think you will need to bring so much more than what we have already discuss and I am sure you will do just fine packing but I will leave it up to you.
Well dear I’ve certainly got a lot to tell you (and show you and give you) when you come down here and I heard something today that if it comes true it will be the sweetest thing I have ever heard. But I cannot write it down in my letter so when I see you I will tell you all about it, and I will be waiting for you at the train station when you arrive at 5PM. The only thing that worries me is that the train can be a little crowded so dear, take lots to read and take along some apples and fruit and candy to nibble on in between your meals. Because I want you to enjoy the trip and consider this a vacation or even a second honeymoon and darling I’ll do everything in my power to make it just that.
I was talking to an old Wilkinson school pal, and you know him yourself, he used to chum around with Jack Aitken and he is on General Duties going up to Newfoundland and I don’t envy him one bit but we can’t pick our stations. Well anyway he was saying Jack told him that they boys up there in Newfoundland are pretty wild and are going crazy with the all the gals in town, so I hope Ted knows how to behave himself, but that is all his business.
I have not done very much lately. I went to the show Tuesday night, Wednesday night another concert, Thursday night another show and last night we had a dance. I went for an hour but I got so fed up that I left and went to bed. Honestly darling these woman down here aren’t nearly as sweet and loving as a certain little girl back in Toronto that I love very much.
Well all the boys have finally gone out and I can get a little peace in here and I’ll be able to write a little more than you can understand. They are all going down to do their Christmas shopping, boy I’m glad I can leave that to you. By the way dear have you got your cheque yet because I want you to use that for everything that you need at all and as I said in my last letter don’t worry about me because I’ve got all I need to keep me going.
Well now I’ve got something really good to tell you do you know what I had on my radio last night? C.F.R.B and Bert Niosi, boy do I ever feel proud. But it brought back a lot of nice memories darling do you remember all the nights we used to go down there? Oh well we will be able to have a lot more fun when we go out together as a very happy married couple and they way I love you dear we certainly will be happy. Just think in another 5 days we will be married 4 months. Yes sir, this little holiday of ours next month will be a mother honeymoon and boy, what a honeymoon!
I’m expecting a little letter from my Mother soon so I’ll write her as soon as I hear from her. I’m sorry to hear that she is not quite up to par and I really feel badly about not being able to see her and Pop at Christmas but I’ll be getting my leave in 2 or 3 months if I want so I will be getting home then.
Well darling I want you to get lots of sleep in the next three weeks as you will certainly need them and so darling until then as usual I’ll end by saying I love you so very, very much and I’ll be seeing you very,. very soon.

Love Bill

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