France, April 20, 1918

Dearest Wife;-

Had 3 letters from you in the mail to day. Those of April 12, 13, & 14 respectively. I did not get any other mail but was quite satisfied with my portion. Your letter of April 12 was open when it arrived, having been apparently improperly sealed.

I note what you say regarding the young man who was coming to France very much against his will. There are lots more like him. Of course nobody is in love with war, but as a nation we should have been much further ahead now had everybody realized at the outset that it was a serious bloody business requiring the thorough application of all taking part in it instead of a sort of a sporting event as many seemed to regard it. I am sure that with many thousands their active participation with the object of getting the thing finished up was a matter far from their thoughts.

Our weather keeps very cold still and it froze hard again last night. It usually clears up at night to give the bombing airplanes a chance to work. We have not had quite such a big inrush of patients the past few days but they still keep coming in at quite a rate.

I think something serious must have happened in our supply department for lately we have been getting strawberry jam in the rations. We have just had afternoon tea. We toasted some bread before our open fireplace in the mess and ate this with butter, or margarine rather, and strawberry jam. It was très bon.

I remember Mrs. Hanna very well but should have scarcely credited her with the disposition to make such an unkind remark. When do you intend to see the Matron-in-Chief? You did not tell me much about London. I presume it is about as usual. Do the people over there seem to realize the seriousness of the situation?

I had a letter from Prof. Christie and he said a lot of people over there were wearing anxious faces. I suppose they see now that from the start they had just as much reason for entering the war as had Canadians. Of course lots of Americans did so at the beginning, but many did not who should have known better.

Yours lovingly,

Harold W. McGill

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