France, June 12, 1918

Dearest Emma;-

Your letter of June 5 arrived this morning having taken a whole week to come as you will see. I did not have a letter from you yesterday. Canadian mail arrived to day but there were no letters for me. I got the cake though that Elo sent. We shall probably have it for dinner to-night. It was mailed on April 8 and I fear that Elo will think that I have forgotten to write and thank her.

I am awfully sorry to hear the bad news about Dr. Leacock and fear that she may have a bad time of it. It is too bad that she could not have returned to Canada before her illness. Is Lieut. Leacock going to remain in England? Please give them both my very kindest regards when next you see them .

We are still in the same place and enjoying life as much as is possible with the military situation what it is. I fear it will be a summer of ferocious and almost continuous fighting. What the final result will be no one can say but I have every confidence that the enemy will have exhausted himself before he can obtain a decision in his favour. Great numbers of American troops are coming over but of course many of them are insufficiently trained to go into action. They will soon get themselves into shape though. Did I tell you that we now had an American M.O. attached to our unit for instruction? He is a very good chap. His home is in Pennsylvania.

General Bell and Capt. Petty had dinner with us last night. Mrs. Bell is still in Paris.

Do you remember what happened exactly six months, a half a year, ago to-day? We have been married half a year and have lived to-gether for 12 days, or on an average of two days a month. Hope the ratio will improve before long.

Your ever loving husband

Harold W. McGill

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France, Feb 21, 1918

Dearest Emma;-

I fear I did not carry out my contract in regard to writing to you yesterday. I have your letter enclosing the one from Leonie which I very much enjoyed reading. I must send you the one I had from Mrs. Clarke after I get it answered. That was certainly a bright write up in the ‘Free Press’. I wonder who was responsible for it.

There were no letters from you in the mail yesterday or today, but today I received the two copies of “Life” and the pair of socks. Thank you ever so much. The socks are fine, but my dear girl do not bother to send me any more for a time for I have enough on hand to last me for another six months at least. You may however send me “Life” as often as you wish. I enjoy them.

It rained all afternoon yesterday but this morning the sun came out warm and bright. Life seems more worth while during fine weather. We should have the very best for our honeymoon No 2. We must really go to Scotland next time. If you get tired of me before the leave is over I shall go on up and pay a visit to the navy.

Yes, Mr Grant may write to you as often as he wishes, so may any of your friends so far as I am concerned. It would be a rather dreary business if getting married to me meant you breaking off diplomatic relations with all your former friends and acquaintances. Perhaps though you would like me better if I exhibited an active spirit of jealousy.

I have been wondering a great deal about your proposed move and how you are getting along with it. Did your household partner object to you having friends or what was the trouble? If you do not tell me I shall keep thinking that something terrible must have happened.

Thank you for the book you sent. It came at the same time as your last letter, 2 days ago. I forgot to mail you the slip I had from our paymaster but shall enclose it in this.

Yours lovingly
Harold W. McGill


Maj. McGill

The attached is for your information and return please.
If in due course Mrs. McGill does not get an adjustment to cover your new rate of Pay (an extra $10 per month Sep A11) please let me know and I will remind them.
Capt. Pymr.

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