Document 395

Biggam Collection Letter: 02

Author(s): May Trotter

Copyright holder(s): Mr William Biggam



Dear Joan,

What a shock Alice and I got to hear of the death of Arthur. We did not know he was ailing and what a worrying time you must have had. You will miss him very much. So many of our friends are slipping away. I am glad Chrissie has managed to be with you. Alice and I would like to take a run through soon to visit you and we will let you know first.

I have been attending the hospital for 6 months now for treatment to my right eye. A blockage was discovered and I have lost the sight of the eye. How worried I was but fortuneately my left eye is able to function and I get along not so bad. We don't get out so much at night now. Too many break-ins in the drive and suspicious characters hanging about. I can't remember if I told you we have the phone installed. The outside phone-boxes were filthy, used as toilets.

Our phone number is:-
[CENSORED: phonenumber]

We would be so pleased to see you if you can manage our way. So much to talk about. Happy times and sad times.

I regret not seeing Arthur before he left us but all his troubles are over and we just have to battle on

With deepest sympathy

From May & Alice

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Biggam Collection Letter: 02


Text audience

Adults (18+)
Audience size 1
Writer knew intended audience

Text details

Method of composition Handwritten
Year of composition 1984
Word count 230
General description Letter to Joan Taylor

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Author details

Author id 701
Forenames May
Surname Trotter
Gender Female
Decade of birth 1910
Upbringing/religious beliefs Protestantism
Place of birth Glasgow
Region of birth Glasgow
Birthplace CSD dialect area Gsw
Country of birth Scotland


Language Speak Read Write Understand Circumstances
English Yes Yes Yes Yes