“Marmalade, marmalade, & not a pot of jam for weeks”

Percy Spencer was normally very grateful to his Florence for her frequent presents. But occasionally she made an inopportune choice of item:

My darling sister

Thanks for all your delightful letters & parcels. By the way the tin of marmalade was the best joke ever cracked. Some of the fellows on first coming out get “bully” sent them, but to send a tin of marmalade after it’s been marmalade, marmalade, & not a pot of jam for weeks, and I had the previous day remonstrated with the QMS for not giving us our fair share of the minute jam supply was an accomplishment that will never be surpassed in the war.

We’re having a driving wearing time and I don’t expect to have a moment for a long time, so please accept postcards with all my love, & don’t think I’m neglecting you.

How I should love to be with you at Abingdon – dear old place.
Your loving brer

Letter from Percy Spencer to Florence Image (D/EZ177/7/5/20)

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