France, Oct 22, 1917

Dear Emma;-

Your perfectly lovely letter of Oct 17 reached me this afternoon having been as you will see five days on the road. I am pleased to hear that mine are reaching you a little more promptly than heretofore.

Our weather has been a little more agreeable lately although it usually rains a little every day. It is of a very much better quality than we were getting at this time last year. Yesterday afternoon I got the O.C. to excuse me from church parade and went over to see my cousin who is a lieutenant in one of the units in my old brigade. I was happy to find him in good health and spirits. I sincerely hope nothing happens to the boy. It was such a fine day that I went over to the aerodrome to see the man who had promised to give me a joy ride. Unfortunately he had gone on leave but the major in/c asked me to stay and have afternoon tea with them. I met a very nice bunch of boys but nobody offered to take me up. They have a very fine mess and I believe the R.F.C. is noted for always having something very nice in that line. This afternoon we were out for a route march.

I have met the Capt. Cockshutt whom you mention but should probably not know him if I met him again. I am very sorry to hear of his trouble. How is Owen getting along? I have not written to Major Hewgill upon the little proposition I mentioned to you but may do so any day now. You have never told me where you wish the event to take place. Suppose I can get an ordinary leave soon what shall we do? Had I better take my ten days and trust to getting a month later? And if I do take a ten days leave shall we carry out our design forthwith or wait until I can get a longer leave?

I am very sorry if my letters are severe and lack warm expressions of affection. I certainly do not intend them to be so. I shall try to do better in the future. I am very happy to have you say you like the ring. You see I had to leave the choice very largely to the jewellers and did not have the pleasure of seeing it myself.

Your lover

Harold W McGill


France, Oct 11, 1917

Dear Emma;-

I have your two letters of Oct 3 and Oct 5 respectively. The latter came yesterday and the former arrived this evening. Naturally when I read your letter yesterday I did not understand several references but the letter from Dr. Christie that you enclosed in the letter received to-day cleared up the mystery. I am pleased that you like the ring and hope it is a nice one. You see I did not have the privilege of getting a look at it myself but hope to see it on your finger in company with another one before many moons go by. Thank you ever so much for the cake which arrived to day. It will make a very welcome addition to our mess table.

I am pleased to know that you had a good time shopping in London and also that Major Hornby was on hand to do the honours of the occasion. Was it a daylight raid that you encountered?

Please quote the dates of letters you have received from me when you write. Some must be going astray for I write every two or three days, usually on the third day. Sometimes, I admit, the time elapsed runs into four days but not often. Do not whatever you do adopt a policy of reprisals for I dearly love to get your letters.

Our weather has been much better for the past two days and to-day was really fine. We are not at all busy but I am acting orderly officer for the week and cannot get out much. I have an invitation from an R.F.C. officer to go down to his aerodrome and take a joy ride with him but so far have not had an opportunity to take advantage of the offer. Lieut Walsh of Calgary was in our mess this afternoon and had “Afternoon tea” with us.

Have had quite a budget of Canadian mail recently and must soon get to work answering some of the letters. For a long time I got hardly any letters from Canada. Last night one arrived from my sister in Wpg., the first from her in over two months.

Now about those rings, I might have sent you more but picked only those bearing the respective coats of arms of cities I had visited in the course of our various military operations over here. I am glad you like the photo. And that reminds me I have not received one of your own sweet self yet; really you must hustle up your photographers a bit for I am most impatient.

You were well advised I think to change your hotel in London. I never liked that Regent Palace. It always appealed to me as being tawdry and vulgar. We had a nice time in London last Summer hadn’t we? I did at least and shall always love the old city and especially that comparatively modern institution the taxi. No I never did use taxis as a general thing for that sort of adventure. Were you ever really truly glad that you sprained your ankle? It was a lucky accident for me, much more so than any that ever landed me a patient.

Well good night and good fortune dear one

Yours ever

Harold W McGill