A Very Grateful Passenger


The following is a quaint and rather amusing letter received by a general manager of a motor omnibus company located in the “north of the Trent”. It was penned by an anonymous passenger who wrote “The Royal Infirmary” as the return address:

Dear Sir,

I was prevailed upon by my husband, last Saturday, to make a journey in one of your motor omnibuses, and I am very pleased indeed that I did so, for during the journey down, a floating kidney, which has for many months resisted the best medical skill of this city settled into its normal position and I have been free from pain ever since.

Should you desire to communicate with me, please do so at the above address, when I am being treated for a lacerated throat due to swallowing my false teeth upon the return journey.

Yours truly,


This letter was quoted in the 1924 edition of the Journal of Municipal Tramways Association. The tone of the letter seems to be sarcastic in nature but we would never know if that’s the case since no further information was given regarding it. It is not known whether the letter sender received a reply.

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