Document 877

Correspondence from Canada: Letter 29 - 26.01.82

Author(s): 852

Copyright holder(s): Name withheld


The Maggie
26 Jan.

Dear Mum & Dad,

Another letter, so soon. Just a quick note to accompany these photos, the [CENSORED: surname] sent me. They're largely duplicates of ones I took myself.

Nothing of great import has happened today. I had a good Chaucer seminar - I like Prof. [CENSORED: surname] and I'm glad he'll be my supervisor. He's knowledgable, good on language, and he's got a nice sense of humour.

I got a letter from Al, and one from the American Uni. in Cairo acknowledging my application and application fee. They don't have my transcript from Glasgow Uni yet, and I was wondering if you could get Al to check if they've sent it. She should go to the Records & Examinations office in the quad near the cloisters and give them my full name, that I graduated M.A. with 1st Class Hons. in July 1981 (Scots & Eng. Lit.) and possibly given them my student n°. which was [CENSORED: number]. If they haven't sent a transcript out, or didn't receive my letter, they should send a full transcript of my complete university record to [CENSORED: address].

The recent air crashes have been worrying. The photo looking down at the Lincoln Memorial from the Washington Monument, looks out over the Potomac River and I think the airport's on the left. Boston airport too is a lovely airport, and I flew in just by the water - it's so close. So far the ice on the wings has been blamed, but rumours are going around that the air traffic controllers who replaced the strikers may not have been wholly competent. Anyway, I'm glad Carole's coming here when it's warmer.

So, keep up the good cheer! It was payday today so I'm back in the black. I saw my 1st Canadian $100 bill, which I rushed to the bank and deposited!!

Give my best to all,

[CENSORED: forename]

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Correspondence from Canada: Letter 29 - 26.01.82


Text audience

Adults (18+)
Audience size 3-5
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Text details

Method of composition Handwritten
Year of composition 1982
Word count 320

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Other airmail

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Name of series Correspondence from Canada

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Author id 852
Gender Male
Decade of birth 1950
Educational attainment University
Age left school 17
Upbringing/religious beliefs Protestantism
Occupation University Lecturer
Place of birth Ayr
Region of birth S Ayr
Birthplace CSD dialect area Ayr
Country of birth Scotland
Place of residence Bridge of Weir
Region of residence Renfrew
Residence CSD dialect area Renfr
Country of residence Scotland
Father's occupation Insurance Broker
Father's place of birth Auchinleck
Father's region of birth S Ayr
Father's birthplace CSD dialect area Ayr
Father's country of birth Scotland
Mother's occupation Dental Receptionist
Mother's place of birth Ayr
Mother's region of birth S Ayr
Mother's birthplace CSD dialect area Ayr
Mother's country of birth Scotland


Language Speak Read Write Understand Circumstances
English Yes Yes Yes Yes In most everyday situations
Portuguese Yes No No Yes When trying to communicate with my in-laws
Scots Yes Yes Yes Yes In domestic/activist circles; reading literature