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March 10th 1915 - Letter from Mela Brown Constable to her fiancé, Cyril E Sladden Esq

10th March 1915
Correspondence From
Mela Brown Constable, The Nurses' Home, The General Hospital, Birmingham
Correspondence To
Cyril E Sladden Esq, 9th Worcesters, Officers' Mess, Blackdown Camp, near Farnborough
Relationship to Letter Addressee
Text of Letter

The Nurses’ Home

The General Hospital, Birmingham


March 10th 1915


My own dear Cyril


I was so glad to get your nice letter today giving an account of the concert you went to.


I have just come from a consultation with Home Sister. I thought it wise to ask for a tonic as I have really come to the end of my tether. She was very nice and said she had rather been expecting to see me off duty soon as she had noticed I was looking very “washed out” and tired. She is going to see what can be done for me in the way of a tonic and think perhaps at the end of the quarter, Easter Sunday, when the nurses change, that perhaps Matron will grant me a few days leave, but of course it may not be possible to arrange.


Supposing this cannot come off will you come to Birmingham to see me, I am sure Mrs Jarvis would be pleased to put you up for a night or two? I feel I must see you again soon. I don’t believe you’d mind if you didn’t see me for years!


I heard from your Mother today – she is hoping to go out the first really fine day.


Thank you very much for the present of the aprons. It will be so nice to feel I have plenty – I hate being seen in a soiled apron.


It is awfully kind of Aunt Fanny to ask me to stay with her. If you cannot get away at Easter and I can manage to do so I would very much like to visit her if my purse will stretch to it.


Aunt Jessie hasn’t written yet. I am very disgusted with her because I think it is awfully thoughtless of her to say the least of it when she knows perfectly well I am dependent on what she allows me. I wish I had never accepted the favour – if she is going to make me feel it like this.


I am so glad your feet are better, dear. I felt quite worried to think how much they were making you suffer.


There is some talk of my Sunday off being the Sunday before Easter as the change is to take place on the 3rd of April but I am hoping to get a few days leave whenever the change comes but if “leave” is given me after the 3rd I shall not go home on the previous Sunday but if it is not granted me I shall go home for that week end if possible.


This is rather rambling but I daresay you will be able to ferret out what I mean!


The nurses here are on the whole very decent to me and awfully good in looking me up when off duty (some times I bless them when I want to be solitary!), so I am hoping when the next few weeks are over + tonic + a few days rest I shall feel quite well again.


This letter is very egotistical but I’ve no outside news. Goodnight, Sweetheart, au revoir.


All my love is yours.

Ever your devoted


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Envelope containing 2 sheets of notepaper
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Imperial War Museum
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