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Excerpts from letters from Alice4 (Ivens) Sanders to George Dallas4 York.
Written before her marriage.

Nov 1939
Manor House, Badby, Daventry

Dear Cousin
So sorry not to have answered your 1938 letter.  (This is Alice writing) as Dear Mother was taken home in March 1937 in her 92 year.  She was a very wonderfull woman and kept all her faculties right up till the last.  Only kept her bed five weeks but as I was always with her it took me several months before I could write or do anything.  Am glad to say I am better now.  But had a very busy life.

Do not know if Mother told you my eldest brother married a few years ago and since then we have started milk selling, has made a lot of work as well as expence.  We had heaps of cow houses but these would not do for Inspectors so had to make a fresh one and new drains and then we had to have a licence.  So you see with our house as you know is very large and an old gentleman in one room which my sister in law keeps clean and I cook for him.

We have not much spare time as you will understand, and then with this dreadfull war on we have 18 windows to black out every night which is a great worry as there must not be a streak of light anywhere.  Do hope it may soon be over as everything goes up in price and war seems so useless.  What a pity things cannot be settled by conferances as it generaly comes to that in the end.

You asked of the cousins in Suffolk.  We had not herd from them for a long time till about the end of August this year when we received a visit from Uncle Will Kinch and one of his daughters.  The two school teachers had gone to the sea, that is Ada & Reine.  Nellie the one who keeps hous had gone to friends & Uncle came to stay in Northamptonshire with a married daughter.

He looked wonderfully well and fit although he is 80 years old walks five miles every day he says to take the dog for an airing.  So they all seem to be going on as usual.  Now I must close.  We shall be pleased to see you or hear from you at any time.  We all send love to yourself, wife and children.  I remain your Cousin A E Ivens.

Feb 25th, about 1940
Manor House, Badby

Dear Cousin George
I am afraid you will think me a very long time answering your letter containing your kind remarks about Mother for which I thank you very much.  Also Xmas card and dollar this recived about Christmas time.  Since then we have had the most terrible weather, snow and Ice everywhere and everything frozen even the milk and cream and for a week roads where impassable and things were at a standstill.  No busses and people could not go to work.

Today is the first Sunday without snow since Christmas so you will see how the delay was caused as I wanted to get out to town for a large envelope have looked out a few of the first letters I think there are 7.  and one by your Uncle Fredric as I thought you would like to read it.  I should like to have them back some time as I have thought they would make a good and interesting book in print.

I have sent you one copied by the Grandmother York.  Every one that has seen it say what a wonderfull women she must have been and what nice writing for that time.

I have heard my Mother say she was most proper in all her ways and speach.  My Mother often spoke of her how she corrected them one thing when they sat at the table if ever one of them said I do love this she would say My Dears you love your friends not your food.  and they were never allowed to place arms or elbows on the table but to sit strait up as she did as you will have seen from the photo.  I may think of other sayings of hers later.

You will see by the letters that they always ended by saying give my Love to my friends at Claydon which is in Leicestershire and in others send this to my relations at Claydon and another to my wifes mother father brothers and sisters.

As you say farming is very hard work it is and all this bad weather cattle want continuucly feeding to keep them warm do not know if you have had the snow if so feel very sorry for your wife as it means so much work and expossur for one that tends them.

I had a letter from Suffolk at Christmas  they were well then but very busy with the evacuees and teachers  do not understand you [why?] so many should be sent to the east coast as it seems to us it might be dangerous.  Is not the war terribale as for the present it seems a warfare on our transport and our imported food regardless of life and ships.

Just at the presant time there is a peice talk going on with Mr. Summur Wells do hope something may come of it as we all feel things may be worse and all food stufs for cattle and poultry are very scarse and high priced as also is our own food.  So sory to have been so long in getting this off this is March 12th.  With much love to you and yours, A. E. Ivens.

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