France, Sept. 1, 1917

Dearest Girl;-

Your letter of Aug 25 reached me this afternoon and I was very pleased to know that you were well and having a good time besides doing some hard work. I trust that the professional relationship with the other sister on the ward may improve.

Yes, I have heard from Margaret since I wrote and told her of our engagement. You will probably have heard from her before this for she told me she was writing to you. She will have told you all about it in her letter so I need not repeat. However I have no reason to fear that your somewhat gloomy forbodings are in any danger of becoming realized even in small measure.

We are having quite an easy time of it now and I am getting 8 or 9 hours sleep in a good bed every night. The only evil feature is the atrocious weather I think that captured German weather expert must have escaped. We have had a week of almost continuous rain, and the terrifically strong winds are doing a great amount of harm. When it is raining we remain within doors and spend our time playing cards, reading, writing and playing the gramophone or rather listening to it. Last evening I attended a company concert and enjoyed it rather. By the way I sent your friend Grant off to a field ambulance the other day and I shouldn’t be surprised if he makes “Blighty”. He seemed quite ill, had a temperature of 102° F but I do not think he has anything more serious than P.U.O. or trench fever.

Are you still considering the question of coming to France? Have you found out how much notice you will be required to give before you resign to —– you know? Honestly I haven’t laid out any course of action and do not possess any more information as to rules of proceedure than when I left England. I certainly want to have that month with you in England and soon. And afterwards if anything should happen to me you would be fairly well provided for in the way of pension, etc. I hear you say emphatically that you are not thinking of anything so materialistic and I do not think you are. But I am and shall be less anxious when it will be my privilege and duty to provide to the extent of my abilities not only for your present but for your future.

Let me hear from you whenever you feel like writing.

Yours lovingly

Harold W McGill