30th October 1916
The honeymoon is over all too soon for Arthur and Dollie, but a surprisingly upbeat letter from Arthur – now on the evening train, heading back to France: “I used to yearn for the time when I might write My Wife. It’s just too glorious for words … Be brave, dear, as you know how – let us put our trust in God & pray together. God bless you dear once more…”.
Arthur to Dollie
In the train passing Raynes Pk, 4.48pm
… This is my first letter to you since our marriage. How wonderful it all seems. I remember writing in the old days – dear wife-to-be … I used to yearn for the time when I might write My Wife. It’s just too glorious for words.
I don’t know when this letter will reach you – not before to-morrow I expect … but I am with you always all the time my darling beloved just trying to make you happy. It is the one wish of my life – your dear happiness. God bless you.
Nothing can separate us we are one forged together by the wonder of eternal love… I thank you my beloved for all your sweet loving kindness. Little wife of mine, I love you with all my strength.
Be brave, dear, as you know how – let us put our trust in God & pray together. God bless you dear once more…
There was a delay in Arthur’s journey back to France because this telegram was sent in the evening and he returns to London for another precious day with his new wife.