France, Dec 4, 1917

Dear Emma;-

I have your two letters of Nov 29 and 30 respectively. The former arrived yesterday and the latter to day. Many, many thanks for the box of lovely grapes you were kind enough to send. They came last evening and were so good that they are now all a thing of the past.

Have not heard anything further regarding my leave but at least have not been told that it will not be forthcoming, so that is something anyway. I asked for my leave to begin on Dec 7 but of course I may not be able to get away on the date specified. Leave is being granted fairly liberally just now.

When is your sick leave up? It would be a funny thing for you to go and get married on your sick leave, wouldn’t it. I think I told you that a month of leave was quite out of the question. If we cannot manage the affair in 14 days – well – C’est le guerre.

I do not know why I am asking you so many questions for I shall likely see you before you have time to answer them. I am very impatient to see you and have you tell me all those things you were afraid to write in your letters.

The war news is certainly not very inspiring but I am not feeling nearly so blue over the situation as I was a couple of days ago. This is probably because the weather is brighter. The election news from Canada indicates as you say a very bitterly contested fight there. If Laurier should happen to win Canada will be eternally disgraced for we cannot keep up our divisions in the field without conscription. Of course Borden has a heavy handicap to carry due to his retaining that insufferable bounder Sam Hughes in his cabinet for so long.

My Christmas letters all practically all sent off now. I did not send anything but letters this year and not many of those.

Goodbye until I see you.

Your lover

Harold W McGill

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France, Sept 12, 1917

Dear Emma;-

I have your two letters of Sept 3 and 6, respectively. The latter reached me this afternoon. No, I do not think it likely that many, if any, letters are lost between here and England although it certainly takes them a long time to come and go. I write to you as a rule every other day but of course sometimes 3 or 4 days elapse between my letters.

The looting mania seems to have taken possession of you that you wish me to make away with furniture. What would you like, a set of dining room chairs or a baby grand piano? Wait until we get into Germany and I shall see what I can do. There was quite a lot of furniture, damaged and otherwise, left in Liévin when the Huns evacuated the place. I know of one case where a very nice piano that the Huns had been using was salvaged and afterwards put in very fair condition.

I have been particularly worried lately, as I think I mentioned in an earlier letter, about the political conditions in Canada. Isn’t it a fright the way the people are acting over there? They are really very little better than the Russians. The first idea of all the politicians seems to be to win the elections and the second to carry on with the war afterwards if such action is avisable from a political standpoint. Certainly if Laurier and his anti conscriptionist following get into power Canada will be out of the war so far as any more help is concerned. I see by some Calgary papers that I have that Geo Ross got up at the Liberal convention in Calgary and said he didn’t see why we should be using our men and money to help France get back Alsace & Lorraine. Now what do you think of that from a supposedly white ex alderman of Calgary at this stage of the war? I was pleased to see though that Davidson of the Albertan was one of the very few at the convention who came out flat footed in favor of conscription. It is hard enough for a man to stick and keep up his morale at this game month after month, and as it is turning out, year after year, even when he feels the people at home are solidly behind him. But when cowardly bounders get up and speak as above quoted it drives one wild.

Your friend Grant has returned to the unit but I haven’t seen him yet. Yes I am perfectly fit and well and we are not in the line.

Your lover,

Harold W McGill