France, April 16, 1918

Dear Emma; –

I did[n’t] get any letters yesterday but your 11 P.M. letter of April 9 came to-day. I trust that you had a pleasant and profitable trip to London, but surely you did not have to travel third class.

It is much more pleasant outside to-day for the sun is making an attempt to shine this afternoon. I presume that the battle is going ahead full blast but for the past 2 or 3 days the artillery fire has seemed less vigorous on our front. In any case we have had no move orders yet.

I am enclosing you a cheque for £20 which I trust will be helpful, especially after your trip to London. Please let me know when you write how you are off for funds.

I wrote to Edna yesterday and also to Margaret. It now looks as though it may be a long, long time before we shall be able to visit Edna and her husband in P.E.I. do not suppose that the anti conscription riots extend down as far as their part of the country. I was talking to a big corporal from Ireland this morning. He was greatly pleased that conscription was to be put into force in his country. There may be trouble over there but I do not think it will amount to much.

Please excuse this short note I do not feel much like writing to day although I am in the very best of health.

Your fondly loving husband
Harold W. McGill

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France, April 14, 1918

Dearest Emma; –

I did not receive any letters yesterday but had four in to day’s mail, your two of April 8 & 9 respectively, one from Prof. Christie and one from Margaret. Prof. Christie asked me to forward his kind regards to you. Many thanks for the parcel which also arrived to day. I think we shall have a raisin pie made out of the raisins. Our cook makes very good raisin pie. I ate the piece of cake just after I opened the parcel.

It is very cold and dull to day and a very high N.E. wind is blowing. We have a padre attached to us now and he held service this morning. I did not attend as I was busy around the wards.

There was a terrific roar of artillery all night but I so not think that the enemy made any attack. He has made several small infantry attacks on our people but has been badly mauled on each occasion.

I wrote to Edith yesterday and shall get a letter away to Edna within a few days unless we get sudden move orders. When you write again please give me Miss Taylor’s exact address and also a description of the socks. I must write to thank her and am not in possession of all the data necessary.

This afternoon I have been busy making up our mess accounts as I am the secretary. We have a very good mess at present not because I am secretary but because we have a good location.

Your daily letter is a source of great happiness to me for if I miss one day I know that I shall probable get two on the day following. Margaret’s letter was quite cheerful in tone and extended me an invitation to call when possible. She also said she had written a friend of hers, a nurse Jamieson of Bramshott, asking her to call and see you.

With Best Love

Your husband
Harold W. McGill

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