“I never had a more wretched holiday in my life”

Percy Spencer had hoped to see sister Florence when he was home on leave, but his plans went awry when he overslept.

June 6, 1916
My dear WF

From what mother says, you didn’t hear from me until Tuesday after I should have arrived. Did you get my telegram on Saturday?

Mother has sent me a heartbreaking account of your tea making against my arrival, and a stomaching account of the delicacies I was to have had.

I never had a more wretched holiday in my life. Everything went wrong with it.


All the same I was very lonely, and glad to get back to my office chums on Friday. That’ll give you an idea of how I enjoyed myself!
Under the circumstances it was only fitting that Mrs C should declare her ignorance of my intended visit to Cambridge and allow me to sleep until half the day was gone.

I’ll continue tomorrow.

Letter from Percy Spencer to Florence Image (D/EZ177/7/5/17)

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