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66 Saxmundham  00.07.1941?

Dear Marjorie
  Received your letter and parcel for which I thank you. Regarding your idea of canvassing for new business, I think it is a good one, you see it is as good as money, but I should not do too much at a time, just take it easy, because as I guess you have already found out, it is very tiring this weather to do a bit of canvassing, but I am sure you will make a success of it, anyway darling I wish you luck. For heaven sake do not get a flat or living quarters in Isleworth, I hate the place, if you are getting a place try and get it in Ealing and near your people's place. The form I fill in for your money had some funny questions in it, one was why did you not get married before the war? Of course I was a little lost as to what I should put down so I answered the question by putting down that I did not want to increase the population, everybody thought this was a great joke, they all thought the question was a foolish one. Well darling I think you had better not send me any more parcels until I ask you to do, the reason for this that I do not eat so much in the summer, hence I have to give it away and I do not see any fun in that when you could be having it of course you can still send me cigarettes when you can get them of course. By the way will you get a pipe for me, I cannot get one here at any price. I guess quite a lot of people are smoking pipes and the shop keepers have run out of them and is does not seem as though they can get any more. Regarding the forty-eight hour pass, I shall apply for my one when I have been back about six weeks. This should help to break the time up for my next leave, it seems as though I have been in the army all the time and that my leaves were just dreams. This may surprise you but I am in a army hospital I guess I shall only be here for a little while, just a day or two, on Tuesday we were coming back from scaffolding in the lorry along a very narrow country lane, the bus went over a bump, this shot me out of the lorry, on the way out I hit a tree this pushed me back in the lorry. Of course after this, I did not feel so good, my left side is knocked about a bit, but there is nothing much wrong with me. The day or so here will make a nice rest, the hospital is a lovely big house in Aldeburgh. My these people round about here must be rich, the houses are massive and have plenty of ground attached to them. I think the people are retired people but why they want such big houses is beyond me, well must close now darling. Incidentally is every thing O.K. between you and my people now or are they still off handish.
Cherrio,

Syd.

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