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June 28th 1917 - Letter from Mela Brown Constable to her fiancé, Captain Cyril E Sladden

28th June 1917
Correspondence From
Mela Brown Constable, Riverwoods House, Marlow-on-Thames
Correspondence To
Captain Cyril E Sladden, 9th Worcesters, 13th Division, Mesopotamian Expeditionary Force D
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Text of Letter

Riverwoods House, Riverwoods Estate

June 28th 1917

My own dear Cyril

Two letters from you today! You can imagine how annoyed I was to receive two instead of one by the same mail! They are dated May 2nd and 6th and are such dear letters just like your old self. I could almost hear you speaking as I read them. It is good to hear you want me so much that you would like us to marry as soon as we meet. It shows me you care just as much as ever. Of course I know you do – but women like I love to hear you say so.

We are really in our own little house. It is such a lovely spot and Mother is so amused because she says I keep hopping about as if it were my house. She thinks I feel as if I had been married and this was my house! I don’t feel at all like this, really. What I really feel all the time is that I wish you were here too.

This is only an acknowledgement of your letters. I’ll answer them next mail. We are very busy settling in but I hope this will just catch the mail.

The Mesopotamian Enquiry Report is a terrible revelation. B Duff comes in for a lot of censure. Indeed everyone concerned does. General Townshend is exonerated from all blame. I daren’t talk about it much in a letter, although as it is in all the papers, I could not really tell the enemy anything he does not know himself. Everyone is talking and I cannot write - bother them!

All my love, dear old thing. It cheers me up getting such nice loving letters from you. I see you’ve put Captain on your letters so I suppose Colonel Faviell has returned.

Au revoir – will write at length next mail.

Ever your devoted

Letter Images
Cyril received the letter on 19th August 1917.
Type of Correspondence
Envelope containing 2 sheets of notepaper
Location of Document
Imperial War Museum
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