3/1/15. Sunday night. Tattoo playing in Market Place. 9.10 pm
I wish I had kept Mother’s letter open to tell you what a very, very interesting service it has been tonight. Intercession Day you know. But I will let you know in a letter later on or when we see you. Mother I know would be greatly interested in what seemed to be a very old & quaint Carol. ‘A virgin most pure as the Prophets did say‘ (1).
Will send you a ‘telly’ when we’re about to come Home. Regret I mentioned the mishap to vase now.
What a lot of letters we have and shall have to write for the many presents. Who sent the papers! Mrs or G. Lallermand (2).
NB I used this Audley End Postcard to illustrate Bertie’s 28th Dec. Birthday Letter to Ida forgetting that there was a message to Ida on the back.
(1)Traditional, West of England Carol: earliest version found in New Carolls for the Merry Time of Christmas. London. 1661. Printed version 1734. Popularised in Victorian times by Davies Gilbert’s Some Ancient Christmas Carols.1822. [Other endings to first line ‘do tell/ foretold’. ]
(2)George Lallermand was Ida’s young man, a family friend since their arrival in Walsall, 1904.
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