• 1964

    December 31, 1964

    This document is remarkable for several reasons. It contians a description of our meeting at Avonmouth just six months earlier, and of the period since then. In that description, I call Penny both a “witch” and a “bitch.” Remember, this is just 30 days before I married her! I appear to realize I’m getting in over my head, that she has me hypnotized, but I don’t care. Fifty years later, and I still think I made the right decision. Dear Pen, Another Christmas has gone and another New Year is staggering in the door. A time to remember the past and the things done and not done in a busy…

  • 1964

    December 24, 1964

    Toronto Dear Penny, Sorry this didn’t get out earlier but hoped it would have been more. Heard the good news and am very happy for you. I would certainly like to see you settled and happy. Please give my regards to Frank and hope that you might be home for Christmas next year. Love Donny [Peace, her brother] [I’m assuming there was a cheque in this envelope as a wedding gift.]

  • 1964

    December 10, 1964

    Toronto Dear Penny, Sorry for the lack of communication, but it seems a lot of things have happened in the last six months. One of the nicer things is that Gerry and I were married in Los Angeles and spent two weeks in San Francisco. Had a very nice time. I got badly hit in August in a stock called Windfall. Had to sell the cottage, etc., which just about broke my heart. However, maybe it is for the best. I am now trading on the floor of the exchange and trying to get back in the game. That’s it generally – will write you a newsy letter in a…

  • 1964

    September 1, 1964

    2331 Agronomy Pl. Vancouver Dear Pen, Thanks for your letter – good to hear from you! Wish you were here right now – it’s Tuesday afternoon 3:15 and dead – a perfect time to go out and have a few drinks! How’s the job? Tell me more about it in your next letter and what’s the male situation like? It should be reasonably good considering the population is high! (related to Van!) NOTE: There are no other references to Penny’s situation in a long chatty letter about mutual work friends. Except this sentence: Are you still living in the same place? Tommy said when he read the address that that…

  • 1964

    August 12, 1964

    Dominion Securities Corporation Limited Vancouver, B.C.   August 12th, 1964.   Miss Penny Peace, c/o Dominion Securities Corporation Ltd., 6 Austin Friars, London, E.C.2., England   Dear Penny: Thank you for your letter of August 9th. I am taking the easy way out and dictating my reply. Not too intimate, but nevertheless convenient. I am very glad things worked out well for you, and that they were able to give you something to do with us in London. They are a good crew there, and Dudley is a wonderful education in himself. I am very sorry to hear about your marriage plans, but I suppose it is all for the…

  • 1964

    July 31, 1964

    Greenshields Incorporated Vancouver [A long chatty letter from Mary, with one reference to a desirable male and one reference to London . . .] Well – a bit of news from Vancouver – sorry to have to tell you, but Ed Finnigan is engaged! – Don’t know who to or when they are getting married, but heard J & J talking to him when he got back! Guess everyone has to go sometime! How’s your Love Life? Do you see much of Frank? How long do you think you’ll be in London? I suppose by now you feel really settled and have met lots of both sexes!? [ . .…

  • 1964

    June 22, 1964

    June 22, 1964 2331 Agronomy Place Vancouver Dearest Pen, Please, please forgive me for not writing sooner – but you know how I am when it comes to getting down to doing something. I wrote you a couple of dozen letters in my head, but never seemed to get them down in writing. I promise not to take so damn long again! Very, very sorry Just got your letter – Thanks very much . . . your new job sounds terrific – ‘Analyst’ – very good!! How is Frank? Say Hi to him for Tom and me – we’re still looking forward to meeting him! Your last letter sounded as…

  • 1964

    May 19, 1964

    May 19, 1964 Tuesday, AM Toronto   Dear Frank,  Just a short note to let you know that Penny is finally on her way. We took her down to the train last night, all very excited!! We all miss her very much already but it’s so hard to be mad when you see how happy Penny is and know she is looking forward to joining you in England. We met your father and his wife last Thursday and spent a very pleasant evening. We also met your uncle Irwin and his wife Agnes. All in all, Frank, you have a very charming family and Pen’s dad and I were very…

  • 1964

    May 16, 1964

    Saturday My Darling Frank, Well, here I am at the cottage and, at last, with time to relax. Poor darling, you must have been very worried at my lack of letters. Believe me, it was simply that I didn’t have the time – and I mean that quite literally. The last week in Vancouver, and especially this week in Toronto, have really been frantic – I rarely had time even to sleep. It wouldn’t have been so bad had I simply been going to England, but the fact that I was getting married seemed to make people feel they were losing me forever. In a sense I suppose they are.…

  • 1964

    May 11, 1964

    May 11, 1964 Dearest Frank, Received your special delivery letter today and you sound a little worried. My heart went out to you lover, because I know how hard it must be for you just sitting waiting. But it really won’t be long now. What – just 17 days. I left Vancouver the way I went in – it was raining – ha! Much to my surprise I felt very sad leaving that beautiful city – it really doesn’t take long for me to put roots down. By the way, please forgive my lack of letters lately but that last week was pretty hectic. Yes I’ve called your Dad and…