Letter from Gertrude Sanford Legendre, January 27, 1944

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    R 2 17 44 47 Jan 27th '44 Dear Sidney, The letter sent air mail dated jan 4th arrived the 25th. This enclosed a V.Mail returned to you and originaly dated Nov. 27th. You will see ordinary air mail is better than V. Mail and everyone over here agrees with me. It is terribly hard to read V Mail and they are so terribly impersonal. Please write both ways. There was a wonderful big springer spanial on the golf cours_e last Saturday playing around with an old ma[n]all by himself. This great foolish furry monster would rush out down the course long before his master drove off the tea. He would then lie down and roll at about the distance he guessed his master was going to drive. He would then sit and wait bythe ball till his master arrived to make his next shot. It was the funniestsight I have ever seen. He just loved dashing down the fairway and then rolling over with his toes in the air. Finally his master decided to call the whole [t]hing off and go home. The sapnial was way down the fairway, refused topay any attention to the whistle. Sat with ears cocked, puzzled expression, then slowly rose and with tail down walked slowly towards his master, then he would stop, sit down, hope it was n[o]t true he had to go home. It reminded me so of Clippy. The golf course is just full of dogs out walking about by themselves snuffling. It will amuse you to know that in Virginia Raymond saw Tanny He fell in love with him and resolved he must get a black and tan like him. He discovered the other day that Tanny belonged to us,all quite by accident when he was describing to me this dog [Tanny] that he had seen in Virginia with Mike. I said but Raymond tht's Sidney's dog! Is n't that funny? So he is on the trail for one. Where did we get Tanny from? Was it Neddie Bering? Do you know anything about how to go about finding an other Tanny? He is a Field Spanial not an English cocker. I am crazy to find a Clippy but am afraid it[w]ould be an awful life for him here in town. I dined last night with Johnnie Castles who said he used to know you years ago in Camden when you were a weentz. We dined in a most attractive club just around the corner from my flat. This place is full of attractive clubs. Never seen so many. Johnnie Shiff got backf_rom a little trip to Wash. and was lucky enough to get a weeks shooting at Tellahasee. He had seen masses old familiar faces and had a wonderful holliday. I suppose you have read in the papers that Tony has joined the army as Lt Col. and given up being Ambassador to thef_allen Governments. I dont know what is going to happen to Ben. He does n't know either. My typewriter hops skips and jumps about like a drunken thing. I dont know how to fix it. All the letters run into each other. I went to an army doctor yesterday to get my head sprayed. It amused and delighted me to get so much attention free from a good specialist plus cough medicines and what not all on Oncle Sam. It made me realize I was getting a little something abck on my tax money. Very gratifying! [End Page 1] 2 To-day I lunched in a remote part of town where shops are mucg less expensive[,] and where there is a famous old junk Jeweler who has all sorts of fascinating gold bangles and ear rings and indian things. I went with an englishman called McCann and Marian Hall who works in the Red Cross. We lunched at a wonderful french restaurant called "Etoille" and had the best cream cheese and guava jelley I have ever eaten. A[f]terwards the junk shop. I picked up an enormous heavy gold bracelet studd with topaz, and a clip that matched. Just my type. Just the sort of thing I love. I blew in some of my months salary and expect to get quite a kick out of wearing it from now on. It is such fun every now and again to blow oneself to something- Here is a sketch of it- [illustrations of a matching bracelet and clip] That is a hldious picture of a very attractive thick heavy solid gold bracelt encrusted with big carved stones, however its the idea. Marian[who is a peach] and I have decided that every Thursday we will lunch together and either see an exibition of paintings , go to some out of the way shop, or do somethin a little different each time. There is so much to see here . Stubbs paintings are being exibited somewhere just now, marvelous sales at Auctions to see, etc. etc: all great fun, and unless one makes up ones mnnd to a definate day one does nothing at all-- and the time slides by in the old routine. Harvey Gibson told a funny story last night about a negroe. The Negro was in the parachute troops. When he got up and everyone was ready to jump-he refused to jump. He was asked if herealized it was a courtmarshal offence not to obey orders, he said yes but he would n't jump. It was a training practice jump and he would n't jump. So when he got down,and he was in front of the C.O. He was asked whether he had any good reason why he did not obey orders? He said ["]yes Sir he had a good reason. He said-" If I had Jumped and the parachute had [not] opened then I would n't have needede theeexperience, If I had jumped and the parachute had [not] opened then I would n't have neede d the experiencee.either". Quite a point ?? Well darling I have n't very much news for you. I think of you in that lovely tropical setting with the soft air and clear skies and Just wish I could be with you breathing it, living it with you. I hope you dont grow tired of it for its the life I want when the war is over. I will want it in the worst way,as it will be such a contrast tothis one. Such a change from darkness, smoke and blackness, to sunset colors and brilliant flowers. I can hardly believe it or picture it. It is all so unearthly and reamoat and far away. So long my darling, I love your letters. Sorry to hear Morris was sick again and hope he is O.K. once more. Give him my love. Love- Gertie Legendre [End Page 2]
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    R 2 17 44 47 Jan 27th '44 Dear Sidney, The letter sent air mail dated jan 4th arrived the 25th. This enclosed a V.Mail returned to you and originaly dated Nov. 27th. You will see ordinary air mail is better than V. Mail and everyone over here agrees with me. It is terribly hard to read V Mail and they are so terribly impersonal. Please write both ways. There was a wonderful big springer spanial on the golf cours_e last Saturday playing around with an old ma[n]all by himself. This great foolish furry monster would rush out down the course long before his master drove off the tea. He would then lie down and roll at about the distance he guessed his master was going to drive. He would then sit and wait bythe ball till his master arrived to make his next shot. It was the funniestsight I have ever seen. He just loved dashing down the fairway and then rolling over with his toes in the air. Finally his master decided to call the whole [t]hing off and go home. The sapnial was way down the fairway, refused topay any attention to the whistle. Sat with ears cocked, puzzled expression, then slowly rose and with tail down walked slowly towards his master, then he would stop, sit down, hope it was n[o]t true he had to go home. It reminded me so of Clippy. The golf course is just full of dogs out walking about by themselves snuffling. It will amuse you to know that in Virginia Raymond saw Tanny He fell in love with him and resolved he must get a black and tan like him. He discovered the other day that Tanny belonged to us,all quite by accident when he was describing to me this dog [Tanny] that he had seen in Virginia with Mike. I said but Raymond tht's Sidney's dog! Is n't that funny? So he is on the trail for one. Where did we get Tanny from? Was it Neddie Bering? Do you know anything about how to go about finding an other Tanny? He is a Field Spanial not an English cocker. I am crazy to find a Clippy but am afraid it[w]ould be an awful life for him here in town. I dined last night with Johnnie Castles who said he used to know you years ago in Camden when you were a weentz. We dined in a most attractive club just around the corner from my flat. This place is full of attractive clubs. Never seen so many. Johnnie Shiff got backf_rom a little trip to Wash. and was lucky enough to get a weeks shooting at Tellahasee. He had seen masses old familiar faces and had a wonderful holliday. I suppose you have read in the papers that Tony has joined the army as Lt Col. and given up being Ambassador to thef_allen Governments. I dont know what is going to happen to Ben. He does n't know either. My typewriter hops skips and jumps about like a drunken thing. I dont know how to fix it. All the letters run into each other. I went to an army doctor yesterday to get my head sprayed. It amused and delighted me to get so much attention free from a good specialist plus cough medicines and what not all on Oncle Sam. It made me realize I was getting a little something abck on my tax money. Very gratifying! [End Page 1] 2 To-day I lunched in a remote part of town where shops are mucg less expensive[,] and where there is a famous old junk Jeweler who has all sorts of fascinating gold bangles and ear rings and indian things. I went with an englishman called McCann and Marian Hall who works in the Red Cross. We lunched at a wonderful french restaurant called "Etoille" and had the best cream cheese and guava jelley I have ever eaten. A[f]terwards the junk shop. I picked up an enormous heavy gold bracelet studd with topaz, and a clip that matched. Just my type. Just the sort of thing I love. I blew in some of my months salary and expect to get quite a kick out of wearing it from now on. It is such fun every now and again to blow oneself to something- Here is a sketch of it- [illustrations of a matching bracelet and clip] That is a hldious picture of a very attractive thick heavy solid gold bracelt encrusted with big carved stones, however its the idea. Marian[who is a peach] and I have decided that every Thursday we will lunch together and either see an exibition of paintings , go to some out of the way shop, or do somethin a little different each time. There is so much to see here . Stubbs paintings are being exibited somewhere just now, marvelous sales at Auctions to see, etc. etc: all great fun, and unless one makes up ones mnnd to a definate day one does nothing at all-- and the time slides by in the old routine. Harvey Gibson told a funny story last night about a negroe. The Negro was in the parachute troops. When he got up and everyone was ready to jump-he refused to jump. He was asked if herealized it was a courtmarshal offence not to obey orders, he said yes but he would n't jump. It was a training practice jump and he would n't jump. So when he got down,and he was in front of the C.O. He was asked whether he had any good reason why he did not obey orders? He said ["]yes Sir he had a good reason. He said-" If I had Jumped and the parachute had [not] opened then I would n't have needede theeexperience, If I had jumped and the parachute had [not] opened then I would n't have neede d the experiencee.either". Quite a point ?? Well darling I have n't very much news for you. I think of you in that lovely tropical setting with the soft air and clear skies and Just wish I could be with you breathing it, living it with you. I hope you dont grow tired of it for its the life I want when the war is over. I will want it in the worst way,as it will be such a contrast tothis one. Such a change from darkness, smoke and blackness, to sunset colors and brilliant flowers. I can hardly believe it or picture it. It is all so unearthly and reamoat and far away. So long my darling, I love your letters. Sorry to hear Morris was sick again and hope he is O.K. once more. Give him my love. Love- Gertie Legendre [End Page 2]
Title:
Letter from Gertrude Sanford Legendre, January 27, 1944
Creator:
Legendre, Gertrude Sanford, 1902-2000
Date:
1944-01-27
Description:
Letter from Gertrude Legendre to her husband, Sidney Legendre, regarding a spaniel she saw at a golf course, news of various friends, and her social activities. The letter includes a sketch of a matching bracelet and clip she had recently purchased.
Collection:
Gertrude Sanford Legendre Papers, 1844-1996
Contributing Institution:
College of Charleston Libraries
Media Type:
Manuscripts
Personal or Corporate Subject:
Legendre, Gertrude Sanford, 1902-2000, Legendre, Sidney Jennings, 1903-1948
Topical Subject:
World War, 1939-1945, Dogs, Golf
Geographic Subject:
England
Language:
English
Series:
Gertrude Sanford Legendre Papers: Correspondence
Shelving Locator:
Mss 182
Internet Media Type:
image/jpeg
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300 dpi, 24-bit depth color, Epson Expression 10000XL, Archival Masters are tiffs.
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