France, Jan 26, 1918

My dear wife; –

Your very nice little letter of Jan 20 reached me yesterday afternoon. Your self reproaches were entirely uncalled for as I had received a letter from you the day before written on Jan 19. I had a letter from the States yesterday but have not had any mail from Canada for ever so long, nothing written since the date of our marriage.

My knitted outfit from Baltimore has not yet arrived. That is a dandy scarf you sent. I first thought I should have no use for it here but find it will be fine to put on under my rain coat when I am riding or driving. I had been warned to attend a court martial at 10 AM this morning but it was called off and I received the cancellation notice at midnight. No – I was not the one being tried.

Am getting fairly well caught up with my correspondence again. Wrote to my cousin in Toronto last night. I find I have two more envelopes such as the one I am sending this in, so I shall be able to write you at least one more letter before resorting to F.S. post cards. Don’t you think there is something very snappy and to the point about those postcards?

Was it not beautiful out last night? Over here at any rate it was. There was not a cloud in the sky and the moonlight was unusually bright, a good night for airplane bombing. There was considerable artillery activity along the line during the night and I expected some work in consequence, but only two patients came in and one of them was a P.V.O. case. I am still alone at the M.D.S. but I had some visitors yesterday and the day before. The day before yesterday two English M.O.s called and had some afternoon tea with me. They were from a C.C.S. and were out for a look around. I sent them home in the evening in one of our ambulance cars. They said it was “Frightfully decent of you, really”.

Yesterday the paymaster and one of our officers had lunch with me. The paymaster was down to pay the men under my command. By the way he is putting through your separation allowance — I have here been interrupted for a couple of hours but have still time to finish this letter before lunch. I was about to say that the paymaster is arranging the matter of your separation allowance. It will probably be necessary for you to exhibit your marriage certificate at the Pay & Records Office. How are you off at present for funds? I shall mail over a cheque when this months pay relieves the somewhat febrile condition of my bank account. I am practising strict war economy as I do not have wish to forgo my next leave on account of shortage of funds. I have known such cases to occur. You will think, if indeed you have not already so concluded, that I am a frightful tightwad.

Have you had any replies from people who received our announcements? Tell me about some of them please. Your idea of applying for some duty in France after our next honeymoon is a good one and has my hearty approval. I could probably get to see you then occasionally even between leave periods.

Yours with world of love
Harold W. McGill

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