France, March 23, 1918

Dearest Emma; –

Had 3 letters from you yesterday, the latest dated March17. I noted the enclosed note from Dr. Lincoln. I do not often hear from Calgary but to-day had a big parcel of tobacco, stuffed dates and nut candy from Mrs. Frank Wilson. The dates and candy are simply delicious. I wish I could save some to take with me on leave. We are having beautiful weather now. Wish we could have had something like this last year when the battle of Arras was in full swing.

We took things easy yesterday after our inspection of the day before. In the evening Capt. Dunham and I were sitting beside the mess fire smoking when a couple of officers of another F. Ambulance came in followed by a bunch of nursing sisters, among whom was Margaret. Needless to say I was delighted to see Margaret. It seemed almost like a dream coming true to have her actually sitting in our mess right in the war zones. The officers of the F. Ambulance had been up to the C.C.S. in a car and finding the nurses there had taken them out for a joyride to have them see the country. They knew where I was and came around to our D.R.S. which is on one of the main highways. I got into the car and went back to my quarters about 10:30 P.M. It was a beautiful clear warm moonlight night and the war was doing business at full blast. There was an almost constant roar of artillery and we could see in every direction colored lights being dropped from bombing planes. There has been a terrific roar of artillery fire towards the front all morning. It looks and sounds as though the curtain has gone up for the big show.

Did I tell you that the gramophone records arrived all safe & sound? We had the gramophone brought up from Hq. this afternoon and tried out the records. They are all very good and only one is a duplicate of any we had. That is “Mother Machree” and the one that we had on hand was not sung by John McCormick.

I am just going to try to call at the C.C.S. tomorrow and see Margaret but may not be able to manage it as the times are very troubled and events are shaping themselves rapidly. Do not be surprised or worried if you do not hear from me very regularly henceforth. I shall write as often as possible but the outgoing mails are liable to be irregular. Goodbye for present.

Your fondly loving husband
Harold W.McGill

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