France, June 19, 1918

Dearest Emma; –

Did not have a letter from you yesterday but the one written on June 14 came this morning. I was, as is always the case, very pleased to hear from you and to know that you are feeling better and more contented.

Have not heard any more about leave and think I shall have to wait as patiently as I can until the leave allotment is extended a little. I should very much like to get over before the summer has quite passed by.

It has rained nearly all day and everything seems to be so much fresher in consequence. Rain was badly needed. I hope though that none has fallen in Germany or Russia. A crop failure in those countries would be a grand and good thing.

Canadian mail came in yester-day. I had two letters from my brother, one from my cousin in Toronto and a bundle of papers from Dr. Chambers. They have had good rains in Western Canada and crop prospects are good. At one time there appeared great danger of a dry season.

Is there much of a food shortage in England? From reading the papers one would conclude that the situation is much better than was the case a year ago. Our rations in the field still keep up to the usual high standard but we have not indulged in strawberries and cream or anything like that. Even fresh vegetables are difficult to buy. Our own garden is helping us out now and we are using the radishes in our mess.

Our concert party has been broken up and unless the boys can get another going some of the entertainment will have to be cut out. The leading lady had to return to duty with his battery. We have two changes pf pictures a week now in the cinema show.

Have not heard from Margaret since I was up two weeks ago to-day. I shall take another run up there the next opportunity that I get. I send you my very best love with this and a hope that we may again meet before many months.

Yours lovingly
Harold W. McGill

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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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