Monday, April 5, 2010

This is the first time in the correspondance that Rothwell has called Hilda 'Dadie'. The cards seem to be an in-between-letter arrangement to let her know a longer epistle is on it's way, though he is full of apologies at his tardiness. Quite like sending a text to say a longer e-mail is coming...

Wesley House, Bury St Edmunds 2/2/14

My pxo (own) Dadie, Efbsftu (Dearest), in all le monde,-etc,etc- Have had a most enjoyable, tho’ quiet week end. I wonder how you are getting on, Dadie: it seems ages since I heard and ages since I wrote. Expect there is one waiting at Baldock. I’m leaving in an hour’s time.
Mpuf & ljttft (love & kisses) in abundance yr own R

Baldock Feb 15th 1914

My Efbsftu (Dearest) Dadie,
Very many thanks for yours recd today. I will just drop P.C to say I have the matter of answering it in hand. It is 6.20pm. Must get to church. Ifbqt of ljttft (heaps of kisses) & the greatest share of love from : Votre bien aim̩ РRothwell


Sally said...

Thank you for sharing these with us!

Perhaps the code word that you have transcribed as hjtl-ft should be ljttft? Kisses?

Fifi Colston said...

ah yes- I think you are right- his handwriting is terribly hard to read at times- I hope Dadie had glasses!

Anonymous said...

I can't even imagine how they make up a code, let alone remember it. Obviously I wouldn't have been the best war-time girlfriend...