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Florist Amelia Gegg (1886 - 1953)


These pages about Flo are split up as follows :

Page 1 : Ancestors, Descendants, Postcards plus Bits & Pieces
Page 2 : Letters to her daughter Gladys

Florist Gegg

Among the possessions of Gladys King/Owen (nee Collins) were a Birthday Card to her from her parents and number of letters from her mother and these are reproduced here. Being written in 1952 -1953, these were some of her last letters, the last being written on 25 October 1953 only eight days before she unexpectedly died on 2 November 1953. Whilst fairly mundane in their content, they did allow the calculation of the date she and husband Harry moved into their Oak Flats house; Tuesday 4 May, 1953. Prior to moving into the house, they were living next door with their son Leslie and his wife Marie. (pronounced Mar-ee)



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      December 1952

[Personal Birthday Greetings]
To Gladys with love and Best Wishes for your Birthday.
From Mum & Dad

[Message inside the card]
Friday morning
Dear Gladys
I am just sending this card for your Birthday with best wishes. You cannot get much in that line out here. Sunday will be Denise Birthday. wish her a Happy birthday for us. I will write on Sunday and post on Monday. Hope you will get it before you get out of that place. I will enclose P.N. for the Kiddies Xmas & Denise Birthday so you can be on the look out for it Tuesday morning.
I have to get up the road now, so will leave all news (if any) until then. Love to all.

Your loving Mother & Father, F & H Collins

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      14 Dec 1952
 







Griffiths St
Oak Flats
14 Dec 1952
My Dear Gladys & Ted
Your welcome letter to hand a few days ago, and are glad to hear that you will be getting out of that place next week. It will be better to get out, without court proceedings if you can manage it. It is certainly very good of your new neighbours, However I hope that your place will be finished in time that you could put your furniture into your own place. I had a letter from Norman this week, he expected to finish over there about next Wednesday. So it will be nearly Xmas before he gets home. We are getting a real mixture of weather, cold and windy but very little rain, and to-day is very hot.. Leslie gets his holidays on the 20th Dec. (or hopes to get them) and they are going to Narooma on the 22nd and will be away about a week and after they return, he sugested (stet) that we take a run down on the 4 Jan to see you. He wrote to you yesterday so be sure and write back, so he gets it before they go away. We are not having very good luck with our chickens. They hatched well, but we have lost about a dozen more, with what is called "Suck Louise". But what is left now seem pretty good and a rat has killed one of Marie's young roosters out of the first clutch and this morning there was another one in the middle of the yard with his head eaten off. Wish Denise Many Happy Returns of today for us. I just remembered that today is her Birthday and she is two years old. I am enclosing P.Note for 15/-   10/- for Denise's Birthday & Xmas & 5/- for John. Sorry I cannot make it more, but we have as much as we can manage with our house coming on. Must now draw to a close hoping to find you all well [indecipherable] to say this leaves all well here at present. With fond love from all

Your loving Mother
F A Collins

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      21 Jan 1953
 







Griffiths St
Oak Flats
Jan 21st 1953
My Dear Gladys & Ted
Here I am at last, trying to write a few lines. I've intended writing several times but have not [got] round to doing it. Well our little home is going along nicely. The frame is all up and the roof is on, all but the capping. The chimney is up, also the copper is set in, the Fibro is to go on yet, very likely they will be on it tomorrow. It will be quite nice when finished. Susie came in again on the 6th, the Tuesday after we were at your place, such a nice heifer calf. Marie see Dot Street on Monday, & she told her that her mother was not well. She was vomiting and it had given her a doing. They had the Dr. to her.
I am sorry to tell you that Marie is not so hot. She had a blackout & fell just outside the front gate. We really don't know what just did happen, she was going out to get the pet lambs in.
However, we got the Doctor over to her. She has blood pressure. Dr sent her to the Hospital for a      gram (it is something to do with the Heart). I don't just remember the proper name. Leslie went up to the Dr this afternoon, but he has not got the results of it yet. I know this turn has slowed her up but she won't give in. I really think it is the Heart and blood pressure but I may be wrong. I suppose we will know more when the Dr gets the results. He told her to get her weight down, So I guess she will be put on a diet. I hope you are getting settled in by now, and I hope these few lines will find you all well, pleased to say this leaves all the rest pretty good. I must draw this scribble to a close as the time is getting on and I have to be up early. So will say goodnight. With fond love to all from all.

Your loving Mother
F A Collins

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      12 Feb 1953
 







Griffiths St
Oak Flats
Feby 12 th 53
My Dear Gladys & Ted
No doubt you are thinking I have forgotten you, but that is not the case. I often think of writing but do not get it done. However I hope to write a few lines tonight. I received your letter sometime ago, also your welcome letter of the 6th. We hope you are quite alright again. Thanks for good wishes for Dad's birthday. I am glad to say that Dad is keeping pretty well lately. Leslie had an attack of the Gastric, and it shook him up. He went to the Dr and he put him off work for a few days. He only started back to work last Monday night (night shift). Marie is pretty good at times, and others she gets a terrible headache. She see the Dr yesterday for the first time since we brought him over. Her heart is not the best, and she has to take things a bit easy, as (stet) put her on a sort of diet, and not to eat white bread. He gave her a prescription yesterday but she has not got it made up yet.
I made quince jam last week & next week I want to make a bowl [?] of tomatoe, also a few tomatoe pickles so I will have a bit of jam when we move in.
I hope Denise's boils are on the mend, they are very sore things. Our little home is going along nicely, but just at the moment Norman is away on holidays (which he needed badly). I expect he will be back early next week. The Electrician has been and completed his job yesterday for the Council's inspection, but Norman has a couple of pieces of fibro to put up before the Council inspects it. It will be some time yet, before we are in it but it will be very nice when completed. We have 2 tank in the yard, ready to go up. There will be many things to do, after we get in, but we will get all going in time. There has been a lot of visitors lately. I don't get much time to write, but thought I had better make an effort tonight, so I can post it tomorrow, when I go up the road.
I hope you are all well, as this leaves all pretty well here at the moment. I must now draw this scribble to a close with fondest love to all
from your loving mother
F A Collins

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      18 Mar 1953
 







Griffiths St
Oak Flats
18 Mch 53
My Dear Gladys & Ted
No doubt you are thinking I have forgotten you, but that is not the case. The time seems to get away. I've intended writing everyday for the last 2 weeks, but have not got round to doing it. However here I am, Glad to say its (stet) leaves all well here. Leslie & Marie have had colds, but they are better again, and considering all Dad is keeping pretty good lately. I am glad to say our little home is coming on nicely, the lining is all in, but there is all the finishing off to do yet. I expect Norman will be back again at the week end. He had to go home last Saturday night, about another big job that is coming up. The council came out yesterday to put the light on, and found there is a pole to be put in, before they can do the job. So I don't know when they will come back to do it. Our 2 tanks are up, and have a little drop of water in, so we are hoping to see it rain soon to put some water in them. there has only been little damp showers since they were up.
Glad you are getting into the way of your stove. Dorothy and Clyde were down on Sunday. She brought down a little box of peaches off the tree at the back (up home). [This is referring to the house at Moss Vale where Dot and Clyde were still living.] So I was busy yesterday making jam. It's very nice. We are expecting our roller blinds out any day now, and I am making curtains. Got the Kitchen one done , & have some of the others ready for the machine.
We are still trying to win the Lottery, only get near a fiver. Hope Ted's Mum & Dad are keeping well. Well Children, I hope these few lines will find you all well. I must draw this scribble to a close, and get up the road, or I will miss the Mail. With love and best wishes from all. Your loving Mother
F A Collins

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      29 Apr 1953
 







Griffiths St
Oak Flats
29 April 53
My Dear Gladys & Ted
No doubt you are looking for a few lines. Well here I am. First of all I must tell you that we got our Furniture down on Saturday "Anzac Day". Norman came down friday night & brought what he could on his little utility and he got Leslies truck on Sat and we left here about 12 oclock, it was almost 7 oclock at night when we got back. Parts of the road was very rough that we could only travel slowly. So now this week I am having a busy time cleaning up the Furniture. Marie got the bedroom things done yesterday afternoon. So we will soon be getting in now. The place is not right (stet) finished but Norman has another big job to do, and he must get a move on with it. He has worked at ours & got it so we can get in . It will be very nice and comfortable when finished. We want to get Linos & a refrigerator.
I received your welcome letter a short time ago. glad to hear you were all well, and hope these few lines will find you still enjoying the best of health. You are sure getting a bit done about your place, and it sure make a big difference in the looks of things. You must have had a treat at the show with the Kiddies in the crowd that was there. glad you are getting a bit of garden going, it all helps. We have a bit of a garden started at the moment; we have carrots, lettuce & pumpkins & a few schallotts & spinach. I put in spinach to have it for the fowls. Marie is keeping pretty fair, of course some days she is not so hot, & Leslie is pretty good again. He was [indecipherable - possibly gased] in at work about a fortnight ago (was nearly an ambulance case). Les was not so hot for a few days, but kept at work.
I don't know when we will be able to come down, but we may make it some of these days. Must now draw to a close as I have to go up the road. With heaps of love from
Your loving Mother
F A Collins
My pen is just about finished. I hope it will address the envelope.

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      11 May 1953
 







Griffiths St
Oak Flats
May 11th 1953
My Dear Gladys & Ted
Your welcom letter to hand a few days ago. Many thanks for good wishes for Mothers Day & Birthday, also many thanks for Postal Note. I will get something with it when we go to Wollongong and laet you know later on what I get. Well here we are in our own little home at last, we moved in last Tuesday and I've been busy get for the past week getting set in, however I've go[t] things pretty well under now. It takes a while getting everything placed. We will be quite alright when I get everything working right. We have had a terrible lot of rain, we need rain, but not so much but we have to take it, as it comes, however we are glad it has fined up. We will be pleased to have you with us, any time you can manage to make the trip. Dorothy & Clyde came down yesterday and returned home yesterday afternoon.
It sure take[s] time to get everything to what you want it, but it will come in time. There is still a lot to do here yet, but in time we hope to get it all fixed up.
We are still trying in the lottery, but don't have any luck, but keep trying, hoping it will come one of these days.
Hope these few lines will find yyou all quite well down there, pleased to say this leaves all well here at present.      Leslie & Marie are pretty good at the moment. Must now draw to a close, as it will soon be round to bed time. I have the washing in the copper, ready for a good start in the morning, so I hope it will be fine., today has been a beautiful day.
Lots of love to all from all
Your loving Mother
F A Collins
I will be by next Wednesday. So you see I am getting along. You did not quite get my age right but you were not far out.   F.C.

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    Prob Jun 1953
 







It is suspected that this undated note from Florist was probably sent in June 1953

Griffiths St
Oak Flats
Friday 1.30pm
My Dear Gladys
This is just a hurried note to say I received registered letter quite safely today at 12 o'clock. many many thanks for same.
Dad is back to work again, but the trouble is not finally settled yet. Excuse short note, I have not time to write much, but will write again tonight & post tomorrow. I want to try and catch the mail if possible.
All well. With love from
Your loving Mother
F A Collins

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      26 Jun 1953
 







Griffiths St
Oak Flats
26.6.53
My Dear Gladys & Ted
Well here I am at last writing these few lines hoping to find you all well, pleased to say this leaves us well here at present. Dad had a week with Lumbago, but I am glad to say he is OK again and back at work. We were sorry to hear of you having a fall, and hope you are not feeling any after affects (stet) now. these little accidents happen very simply. It will be quite nice when you get all your paths finished and the palings fence up, it will sure make a big difference. We have had it pretty cold here lately, had such a lot of dreadful wind, day & night the wind made it very cold but still not as bad as Moss Vale. We could do with a drop of rain now, after so much wind. I suppose when the rain comes, it will be heavy. I want to get a bit of gardening done, to get a little something ready for the summer coming.
I am enclosing Posta Note for 10/-. If that don't cover the zipper & the postage, you can let me know. You had better post it up as we are not likely to be going down yet.
Since it has been cold, we make a little fire in the fireplace, and it is very comfortable & warm so we are quite alright.
Tell john, I was very pleased to receive his nice long letter, and I will write to him as soon as I can make it. I'm glad John was thrilled with the card for his Birthday. There is not much to pick & choose from here at Oak Flats.
I must draw this scribble to a close now, as I have several things to do, to be ready for the morning, as Dad & I intend going to Wollongong & we have to catch the Bus at to 9 so we have to get a move on, to be ready.
With heaps of love from all
Your loving Mother
F A Collins
No. of Postal Note V543841 for 10/-

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       6 Jul 1953
 







Griffiths St
Oak Flats
July 6th 53
My Dear Gladys & Ted
I received your ever welcome letter this morning, and we are very sorry to hear that Ted has been having such a bad time with his eyes. we are glad to know they are much better, and trust they continue to improve each day. It has kept you pretty busy keeping the drops going, but that is half the battle, to be punctual with the treatment. You sure will have a bill, but don't worry about that as long as Ted's eyes are still improving, the debt will be fixed up in due course. the drops are sure pretty expensive. We hope to hear good news next time you write.        I'm glad to say Dad is keeping pretty good again now, and I am pretty fit, but Marie is not so hot. She has a dreadful cold, & has not got much voice. Lillian Hunter has been at Maries this last week, and she had a very bad cold when she came, & they have been running around a got (stet) [good?] bit since Lil came. if she gets a good nights rest tonight, she may be better tomorrow. Don't worry about Dad's coat, while you have Ted to attend to so often. If the money I sent don't cover the Zipper & Postage, I can fix it up later on. But you have quite enough expense, with out the expense of the coat.
We are sorry to hear of Glad White's trouble. Every one seems to get their turn of troubles.
Dot Street is due for an increase in November.
Did you see in the Paper the other day that Edgar Murray won £500 in the State Lottery. I believe he has the ticket on his own. What a big lift it will be to them, if he is on his own. I have a ticket in todays lottery, but do not know how I got on, as there is no broadcast of the Lottery now. Will not know until I get the paper tomorrow.
We have had a few white frosts here lately and plenty of wind, but no rain, and we could do with some rain now. I want to get the garden going again, ready for Spring. I've been making Dad Flannel shirts, got the last one nearly finished, & now I have material to make Norman pyjamas trousers. I want to get them done this week if possible. Must now draw this scribble to a close, hoping these few lines will find all well & Ted eyes still improving.
With fond love from all
Your loving Mother
F A Collins

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      28 Jul 1953
 







Griffiths St
Oak Flats
28.7.53
My dear Gladys & Ted
Well here I am at last trying to write a few lines to say I received Dad Coat quite safely on Friday afternoon. I got your letter in the morning, and I went to Albion Park in the afternoon. It was quite walking down there & back, it was a nice afternoon. I am sorry for not writing sooner. I intended writing on Saturday but did not get it done. Dad & I went to Wollongong by the to 9 Bus and arrived back home at one oclock, and in the afternoon I got bad news. I am sorry to tell you that Auntie Sarah Hockey passed away on friday night [Sarah nee Tickner died on 24 July 1953], and the funeral was leaving Goulburn at 1.30 for the C of E Cemetery at Windellama. Dorothy & Clyde happened to be here when I got the news, so they took me to Primbee to see Mat, then we came back home & got on our way. I went to Moss Vale on Saturday evening them (stet), & they took me to Goulburn & Windellama. We returned by Bungonia & that took about 20 miles off our journey. Got back to Dorothy's and had supper, then I came home with Rita & Percy Monk. They were up to the funeral and were coming home Sunday night. So I got back with them from Moss Vale, it was 1 oclock when we got home. I wanted to get back as Dad had to go to work on Monday morning & Leslie was going on night work on Monday night. Marie is away at Forbes, left here on friday morning. Sarah died in St John of Gods Hospital in Goulburn on the 24th July. It is 4 years on the 8th of next month since George died. [George died on the 6th August 1949]
I hope Ted is going along nicely now. Hope the new cream will clean it up also trust that yourself & children are quite well. The fence will certainly make a big difference, it sure takes a long time to get everything in order, but it will be good later on, when everything is completed.
I forgot to tell you the (stet) Mat did not go up to the Funeral. She is not well enough. We see Uncle Tom & Aunty Daisy. Tom has been very sick, it is over 4 months since he got sick. the railway has retired him off the railway. I am glad to tell you that we are both well. I've mad[e] a start with the garden, so I guess will get it done up by degrees. I want to move the "Coral Fuschia) & some passionfruits before they get a go on. Will try & get it done this week if possible. I still have a pile of mending to do. Well children I must draw to a close with love to all from your

loving Mother
F A Collins
Many thanks for doing the coat. Excuse bad writing, only pen is just about empty.
Mrs Brandt was buried on Sunday afternoon at Moss Vale.

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      11 Sep 1953
 







Griffiths St
Oak Flats
11 Sep 1953
My Dear Gladys & Ted
Your registered letter came to hand today at 12 oclock. Many Thanks for same. Dad says to tell you he is very thankful to you for it. He did not want you to do anything like that, as Ted has been sick so long, and you are under such heavy expenses. However he is very grateful, and thanks you for your lovely Fathers Day present. I am glad to say Dad is back at work. They returned to work last Monday morning, & then there was a 24 hrs stop work meeting in Wollongong last Wednesday (a mass meeting) & they went back to work yesterday morning and there is likely to be another stop work meeting in a few days time. So lets hope they will get it all settled, and stay at work. They have lost a lot in wages already.
I am glad to hear that Ted's sores are getting better also his eyes.
I sure won't know the place next time I see it with all the fences going up, but it will make it much nicer, and more private, and will break a lot of the wind. Our garden is beginning to show up now. The peas are up, Potatoes & Beans are coming up, and the lettuce are starting to move, so it will soon be looking nice. I was in the garden this morning putting in some flower seeds, so hope they come up.
Dad says to tell you to get Super No 8 for potatoes, cow manure or horse manure if you can get it is good for the garden. It will be nice when you get it all going, but it all takes time. Some days I get 3 eggs, one day I got 4, and an odd day only one. I hope these few lines will find you all well, pleased to say this leaves all well here at present. I should have written to you sonner that (stet) I did last time, but I couldn't writr while the strike was on, so don't worry if you don't get a letter just when you think you should. We are getting a lot of windy weather here lately , some days it is hot, and the next it is cold but we should soon get better weather.
The time is getting on, so I must draw this scribble to a close with love, and once more thanking you for nice present.
Your loving Mother
F A Collins
We have not had any luck in the Lottery lately, but we still keep trying.
Don't put the Super on the Potatoes as it will burn them, just put them side by side.
Spud   Manure
   O         ≡ FC

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      1 Oct 1953
 







Griffiths St
Oak Flats
Oct 1st 53
My Dear Gladys & Ted
Here I am writing a few lines once more, hoping to find you all quite well down there. I am glad to say Dad is working, there is another inspection of the works today so goodness knows what will happen. I hope they are not called out on strike again. I suppose there will be another stop work meeting today after the inspection, however we must hope for the best. We hope to go to Moss Vale on Saturday next but at the moment we are not sure what we will be doing as Dad has a bad cold. We did not get any sleep on tuesday night with him coughing, but thank goodness he seems much better this morning, and went to work. (Today is payday). Did you see where the 7th prize in the "Special: Lottery came to Oak Flats. The street at the back of us, down on the waterfront. I say good luck to her. Your place will be nice now with the fences us (stet), it makes such a difference to a place. Don't bother to save a Wattle tree for us, thank you.I would not like it so near the house. (It was very good of you to think of one for us[)]
Now about the potatoes. If you have any cow manure spread that over the ground and dig it in, then make your trench for the potatoes, and put in like my drawing in the other letter, the super burns, so don't put it right on the potatoes, or whatever you may be planting .
X    O    X    O    X    O. The cross is the super & the O the potatoes. I hope you will understand. Our little garden is coming on nicely now. Dad put in a few pumpkins, & a little bit of corn last Saturday, & later on we will put in more pumpkins. We finished the last of our pumpkins last night. They were a nice lot, and kept us going all the winter, & none went bad.
Remember us to Glad & Mat & Edie when you see them. I must draw to a close now & get my work done, and get up the road to post my letters, & get my grocery order in, so it will be delivered today.
With heaps of love from all
Your loving Mother
F A Collins
I hope Ted's Mum & Dad are keeping well.

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      25 Oct 1953
 







Griffiths St
Oak Flats
25th Oct 1953
My Dear Gladys & Ted
No doubt you are looking for a letter by now. Well here I am, I received your welcome letter a few days ago and was pleased to hear from you. I am glad to say Dad is working, and I hope they go along alright now, and not come out on strike any more. We did not go to moss Vale on the holiday week end. I was sick all the friday night, and had no spark for the trip. I was not well, but thank goodness I am going along nicely again now. Marie has not been well. I tried to talk them into getting the Dr, as I thought she had Rheumatic Fever, but they did not get him, and she kept on taking bad turns, & Leslie was away at work, so we got the Dr to her, and the trouble is the Heart. the treatment he gave her is certainly doing her some good, she is to go back to the Dr in a fortnights time.
The fir would sure give you a great scare. What a good job the wind changed just when it did, or things could have been serious.
Fancy Denise wandering away, instead of going to Margarets to play, you will need to [in pencil from here] keep a watch on her now.
Glad your little garden is coming on. DDT spray is a good spray for Tomatoes.
Please excuse pencil, my pen a just run out. (stet)
Marie & I put some scones & a Sandwich each in the cooking Competition at the C of E Fair but did not get a prize.
I scored a first for Melon Jam.
Our garden is looking well. Well children have a pair of Roosters for you for Xmas.
Fancy Des with the chicken pox, they are bad on grown up. The Measles are across the road from us, and I believe Moss Vale is full of Measles.
Well children I must draw this short note to a close, and get ready for bed. I hope you can read this. I must get a refill tomorrow for my pen.
With heaps of love to all from all
Your loving Mother
F A Collins
Dad got a pr of Trousers with your money, put a bit more to it.

Pencil note on top left-hand corner of the front of the letter :
Clyde won a fiver in the Lottery last Monday

Among the possessions of Dot 'Dolly' O'Neil (nee Collins) was a letter from her mother and it is reproduced here. This is the last letter she wrote to Dot and both the letter and envelope have been notated accordingly by her. It was written the day after the one she sent to Dot's sister, Gladys (known as Betty).

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      26 Oct 1953
 







Griffiths St
Oak Flats
26th Oct 1953
Dear Dorothy & Clyde
Your welcome letter to hand on friday glad you got home safely. Pleased to hear the big news what a pity it was not bigger. But I suppose a fiver is better than nothing. Clyde wants to send again soon, and he may be lucky.
Dad & I went to Wollongong last Saturday. I put in for our ticket at Mitchell & Ford, also one for Dad at Benson's. I suppose I will get the tickets towards the end of the week. Keep your fingers crossed, and hope for luck. Pleased to say I am feeling good oh again. Did my washing today. Marie & I each put a sandwich and a doz scones in the Competition last friday at the Spring Fair but we had no luck. However I collected a first-prize for Melon Jam, so that is something. I collected my prize today. 2/6. [two shillings and sixpence].
Sorry to hear of Don Alchin being in hospital, and trust he is going along slowly, and will soon be home. I feel very sorry for Mrs Scotty Nicholson, poor thing is having a bad time. Hope Margaret is going on alright now. There is a lot of sickness in Oak Flats. The measles are at Reynolds, across the road. Believe it or not, it has just started to rain. It is almost 7.30.
Leslie & Marie got home from Forbes and is still going along slowly. The Dr came to see her last wednesday. she is to go & see him again in three weeks time. So let's hope she goes on alright.
I gave Norman the money for the Tobacco on Saturday night, 8/2. [eight shillings and twopence (pronounced tuppence)].
Must now draw this short note to a close, and get ready for bed.
With love to all
Your loving Mother
F A Collins


Updated : 8 Aug 2011