France, July 10, 1918

Dearest Emma;

Your letter of July 4 reached me about 3 ½ hours ago. It is raining now and I shall try to answer your letters before something turns up to prevent me doing so. Your letter dated July 5 came yesterday. I hope that your temperature has not been up to 99 degrees again. A week at Mrs. Drysdale’s would certainly do you no harm while you are recovering from the influenza.

Canadian mail came in the day before yesterday but all I drew was one letter from my brother. I wrote to Dr. Chambers a few days ago and gave him your message regarding the acquiring of the English accent . I have not heard from Dr. Follett, who took over my office, for months possibly years. I suppose the medical men in Calgary are making so much money now that they have no tine to bother with the departed brethren.

I was talking to Miss West up at the C.C.S. the other day. In answer to her inquiries concerning you I told her about where you were and what you were doing. Miss West advised me very strongly to have you go and interview Lady Drummond. Miss West is sure you could get taken on in the Canadian Red Cross. It does not look, and did not at any time as though Matron in Chief Macdonald had any intention to help you get placed, and perhaps it might be well for you to do as Miss West suggested and as you mentioned yourself on one or two occasions. Certainly the place in which you are does not seem very congenial for you, and it would be much nicer for you to be back among our own people.

My batman got a woman in the village to sew those marking tapes on my new clothing and is very proud of the result. He said he found his own fingers two clumsy to handle them himself.

Our baseball team is now badly wrecked. The O.C.s ankle is not well enough to enable him to play and one of the other officers went off to relieve a regimental M.O. who has gone one leave. We have only 8 players left. We have two more league games to play. I have had only two or three games of quoits in the past month.

You are certainly not overfed at the institution you honour with your service. Can the nursing sisters not organize a mess as they do in the Canadian hospitals? We are able to run a very good mess in this unit on 15 francs a week per member. We have not been able to get strawberries lately but should be able to get some raspberries before very long. The troops holding the line in front of Lens will be living well these days. There are some fine fruit gardens up there.

Yours with best love
Harold W. McGill

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