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...Old Letters

from Maurice and Dorothy Goddard

Mrs. Maurice Goddard

Chestnut Cottages

Sutton Scotney

Nr Winchester Hants

Feb 4 1949

My Dear Cousin:

Here we are at last with a few lines to you after this long time but I’m afraid my letter is going to give you the sad news that my husbands (Maurice’s) father died suddenly in his chair on Sunday 16th January with “Coronary Thrombosis”.

  The sad part was we were not there with him at his last.  You see 2 years ago he had to quit his house as it was wanted for a farm worker and no other house being available he bought a caravan and there he lived with his faithful old dog all alone.  Maurice was up to see him Xmas eve with a bit of Xmas fare and he seemed fairly well then except that he got very nervous and had pains in his chest which he thought would be indigestion.  Anyhow we had a phone message on the Sunday morning and Maurice and I went to his help as soon as we could and before we got there to him we were told by the farmer he had died in his chair and the police were waiting for us but luckily no inquest was necessary. 

You can imaging the sad sight it was for Maurice when he got to the caravan.  Even the dog knew something was wrong as Dad felt a bit better after the farmer went to phone us and he cooked an egg for himself and made a fire up and sat in his chair and had taken a mouthfull of food and passed out with it in his mouth. 

We buried him at West Woodhay with his wife (Rhoda) on Wed the 19th and as was his wish when he was gone that no one should have his dog but that he should go too, so the worst ended with “Paddy” the dog being put to sleep. 

Poor old gran took everything very well and hopes he is gone to rest in the right place and that I have no doubt he had a lovely smily on his face and our dear daughter Margaret Rose said when we told her he had a lovely smile, “oh”, says she, “That was when granpie met granie Goddard.” 

Heaven only knows we were hoping 1949 was going to be a better one for us but we havent started very well.  The shock of his dad kept my brother-in-law home from work for a fortnight and he hopes to make another start tomorrow and we hope to have Margaret’s friend come and bring her 2 week old infant son home to us tomorrow so we hope the little infant will bring us better luck. 

My dear old Mom and Dad are fairly well considerin gtheir great age, but we are having a very cold spell here in England and that don’t help old folks does it. 

How Maurice and I and gran convey our sympathy to you in your great loss of a dear sister and mother.  Heaven knows how they are missed when gone from us and we ought not to grieve for loved ones but I always say that no one has such grief to bare but what when we look around someone near has the same se we are not alone in life or death, we must share our sorrows as we do our joys, all get it at sometime or another.

  Now Dearie don’t worry your parcel was indeed very welcome also tea, but we do really prefer black tea, but as we say here in England “beggars can’t be choosers” and the little doll that came by mistake was much admired by our little grandson.  He loves dollys so tell Darla her doll brought joy to a little boys heart. 

We haven’t had snow yet here in the south of England but they have had it up north.  How terrible for you to have such a winter. Do take care of yourself and stay as long as you can in the warm with your daughter. 

Yes I still have to keep to diet, no sugar, bread, or potatoes, very little fats and only red meat or rabbit and chicken.  Plenty of fish, eggs and fruit dried or fresh also salads, dried fruits are not so plentiful now and fresh fruits are growing short. 

Margaret was so pleased you liked your handkies and says it was very little for all you send us, is there anything you really fancy you would like from England.  If so do say as I’d love to try and get it for you as things are a wee bit easier on coupons now.  Tea, sugar, fats, bacon, eggs and cheese still rationed.  We miss our big vegetable garden when we could keep in our bacon pigs and chickens. 

Margaret is busy using the sewing machine enlarging her bathing costume as it is quite good but for a wee bit tight and they are an awfull price to buy.  The little red dress you sent I just had to lengthen at the waist and Margaret is able to wear it and she loves it because it is red.  Also your little aprons she has put in her bottom drawer ready for when she needs to wear them in her own little house to use her phrase.  She says they are smashing. 

Wouldn’t it be lovely if we all could meet sometime.  Well now I really must close these few lines  and I’ll try and write a bit oftener in future bo you, but I just get so tired by the end of the day that I don’t want to do anything in the evenings but sit and rest and sleep.  I am up at 6 a.m. and don’t retire untill 11 p.m. most nights.  I am working at cleaning the home and cooking all day, but through it all God gives me strength to carry on and I live in hope taht some day my labours will be rewarded and Maurice and I be able to spend an old age in peace and quiet. 

So till later Gods Blessing be on you and your family and so I close with all love from your everloving cousins Maurice and Dorothy Aunt Annie and Margaret Rose   XXXXXXXX

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