Letters from Eva Spicer (originals and copies)

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Spicer wrote regularly to her parents who kept her letters in annual files. Many are typed as her father complained he could not read her handwriting. This arrangement broke down in the second half of 1933 when both her parents became bedridden. After their deaths in 1934 she continued to write to family and friends, usually what she called her "general letters" which were circulated among them. Some letters, "diary letters," were written in diary form. She also wrote to individual siblings, most commonly to her sister Bertha, whom she sometimes addressed as "Buttles". Many of her original letters have survived but Spicer also made and kept copies of the letters she sent. Often she used very thin, flimsy paper and some letters have not survived well, particularly those written between 1941 and 1945.

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