France, March 19, 1917 [1918]

Dearest Emma: –

Our inspection is over but we are busy preparing for another to take place in a few days. We waited 2 ½ hours for the General yesterday and he kept us only few minutes when
finally he did arrive. It has been raining very hard since early morning.

We had one parade and kit inspection this morning but this afternoon the men are all busy cleaning clothing & equipment. Yesterday’s was a surprise inspection, we had less than 2 hours notice. The men turned out not too bad considering the circumstances.

Had no letter from you to day and shall expect two of them to morrow. Had a letter from Margaret telling me that the Sisters had moved down to the C.C.S., and one from The Royal Trust Co. in Calgary notifying me that they would soon require a remittance from me to pay some life assurance premiums. I shall attend to the matter of forwarding funds when I go over on leave. I think I shall make an assignment of few pounds a month to the Royal Trust Co. to enable then to meet any expenses accruing in Canada. Hitherto the collections of some of my old accounts have kept these expenses paid up and I had almost ceased to figure then in my scheme of financial arrangements.

Margaret asks me to go up to see her and I probably shall at the end of this week. If we have a patient going up next Sunday I shall go along in the car to look after his interests. The girls will doubtless be very pleased to get back to their own unit after an absence of 3 months duration.

You say in your letter that you feel worse than if you had stayed in Canada. Surely you do not wish to return so soon. After my next leave you must try to get into something in the way of nursing, either in England or preferrably, in this country. Simply marking time is a heart breaking job. It is not because I wish you to have hard work to do, my dear that I suggest this but simply for the reason that had you some definite duty to perform you would be much more contented.

The gramophone records arrived safe and sound and were sent on up to me instead of being kept at Hq. where our machine is. I have not yet opened the parcels. Perhaps we may persuade the officers at Hq. to send us the gramophone for a few days use in order that we may try out the new records. If we cannot get the gramophone to come to here I suppose we shall have sent the records to the gramophone and let the Hq. people enjoy the new selections until we rejoin the main body of the unit.

We have made ourselves a very comfortable mess here and could do with the machine for a few days. Many thanks for the trouble you took to get these records for me, I am adding the price of them to the cheque I am enclosing in this letter.

Your letter of March 14 came yesterday after mine had gone off in the mail. I note your remarks regarding the social recreations of my friend Col. Hewgill. I sincerely hope that the gallant Colonel may not unwittingly get himself in too deep waters. It looks rather serious when enquiries are being made regarding his financial standing. I can congratulate myself that you never enquired too closely into my rating. I am afraid you might have hesitated if you had stopped to give the matter serious consideration. Do you think so?

Now about meeting me when I go on leave; I should like very much to have you do so but am afraid that London is the best we could do. Meeting the boat at Folkestone is altogether too uncertain a proposition unless of course you put up there for two or three days. No, I think London is our best chance of meeting and you know from our experience meeting Margaret how difficult a matter it is. However if I knew your London hotel address beforehand I could telegraph you from Folkestone upon my landing there.

Hope it well be soon anyway. If we met in London we might get a chance to say a few words to each other before the crowd started to gather.

Your loving husband
Harold W. McGill

A/Majority has been confirmed HWMcG

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France, March 18, 1918

Dear Emma; –

Your letter of March 12 enclosing the one from Mrs. Edy to you reached me yesterday afternoon. Miss Edy writes a very good letter and when you answer please give her my kindest regards and thanks for her good wishes as well as those of yourself.

I am write you nothing more than a note to day as the G.O.C. is coming to inspect our unit this afternoon and we have a lot of getting ready to do. It is a surprise inspection and I do not know how we shall come out on it. I shall write you at greater length to-morrow. It is a perfect day out of doors.

Yours with greatest love
Harold W. McGill

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