France, June 4, 1918

Dearest Emma ;-

Have not had any word from you since I wrote two days ago. We have been quite busy since Sunday but I managed to attend a cinema show yesterday afternoon and a concert at night. The concert was put on by our own C.R.S. party and made quite a hit.

The sky is quite cloudy this afternoon and we may get a rainstorm. A good soaking rain would do a lot of good now. It would help the crops, put down the dust for a short time anyway and might hold up the German offensive to some extent. The cloudy dark nights are much more peaceful in the back country here but I suppose the clear weather helps our bombing airplanes more than it does the Hun’s for we have a greater number doing business.

I am living in hopes of getting up to see Margaret to-morrow. I hope the mail comes in early so that I may receive your letter or letters before I start off. Wish I were leaving for England in the morning. I saw an officer last night who is starting for his leave in England to morrow. So long as there is such an institution as leave in existence we must not despair.

I had a letter from my friend Christie in Baltimore the other day but have had no Canadian mail for I don’t know how long a time.

I shall write you the day after to-morrow and let you know how I have come out in regard to my visit.

Your dearly loving husband

Harold W. McGill

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France, May 29, 1918

Dear Wife; –

Received your letter of May 23 this afternoon. Am glad to know that you are getting along alright in your new work and hope that you duties may become lighter later on.

Many thanks for sending the underwear which has not yet arrived. I wanted only one suit though as I already have one summer suit and it is quite out of the question for me to carry around a lot of extra clothing. I have altogether too much now and shall probably have to ditch some of it in case we get orders for a hurried move as we are very liable to. Please do not send me any more socks. I have now all I can use during the next year. I have been giving them away, both light and heavy ones.

Another big Hun offensive seems to have begun, this time chiefly against the French. We haven’t had any definite news so far but it would seem that the enemy is not having the great successes that attended his effort two months ago. Leave has opened again, but it is very limited and my turn may not come for some months. It is only right that the infantry should get the first chance to share in the little that is being given. If the new Hun offensive is held up perhaps the number of leave warrants granted per week may be increased. In any case you had better decide upon the hotel we shall honour with our patronage when I do get over. I shall want two or three days at least in London. After that we shall chase ourselves up to Scotland and have a nice quiet time to ourselves. I do not feel that I shall feel disappointed if I do not see a show at all during our next holiday.

Your loving husband
Harold W. McGill

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