France, Oct 9, 1917

Dear Emma;-

Your letter of Sept 30 reached me yesterday. You will note that the time the letters take in coming is getting slightly shorter, 8 days this last time instead of 12. I trust that I shall soon be getting some sent directly to my present address. These will not take such a long time to reach me.

We have been getting most deplorable weather lately, almost continuous rain with very high driving winds. However we have fairly comfortable billets. I am afraid though that the mud will tie up active military operations for a time at least, and it takes a long time for mud to dry up at this time of the year.

I hope that you had a good time in London and were not bombed. I am afraid the weather would be rainy at the time you were up. However even rain is preferable to bombs. The present weather is entirely unsuited to bombing expeditions.

I note what you say regarding the deportation of Canadian women. Is this official, and if so when is the deportation to begin? Would you be sent home if we were to get married? I certainly would not be in favor of that. It may be that I shall be able to get leave before many months, and what then? Have you found out how much notice you have to give for a resignation? If I were to go to London on leave to-morrow I should not have the faintest idea in the world as to the measures necessary to adopt in order to effect our purpose. Wish one could get a firm of brokers to arrange all details. I thought of taking Col. Hewgill into my confidence and asking him to help me, but I hate to bother him and he might not wish to be troubled with such a matter. What do you think of it?

Had a letter from Margaret yesterday dated Oct 3. They were looking forward to the waning of the moon when she wrote. Moonlight nights are not popular in C.C.S.s any more than in London.

Write often and at great length.

Your lover

Harold W McGill