This is my first letter to you in quite a long time. I got off at Godalming yesterday afternoon and got out to the camp without any especial exciting adventures. The evening was quite chilly.
I hope you are feeling better and able to start right in at your shopping. This morning I sent in your name as that of my dependent who desired to accompany me on the troopship. We should hear something about it in a few days. It may be that we shall get away at an earlier date than we have been counting upon. In any case there will scarcely be time for me to get another suit finished. Have you decided to have your hamper go with my surplus kit, or shall we send the trunk or perhaps both through the O. in/c of Estates branch?
I came away from the hotel yesterday with the key to our suite in my pocket. I must mail it back to-day. Let me know when you write as to whether or not you can furnish me with a bed (single) at your house should I manage to get up within the next week. The O.C. went on his leave last Thursday so I shall not likely be able to get up until Saturday at the earliest and perhaps not until Monday or Tuesday of next week. In any case I shall go up again at the earliest opportunity.
One of our sergeants who has been out to Devon for his leave told me that we were wise not to attempt the trip to the West of England. He says he never before saw such crowds out that way and that travelling was devoid of all comfort, the trains being so crowded.
Write soon and let me know how you are getting along with your shopping. I have a few pounds left over after our leave in case you should need any money.
Your loving husband
Harold W. McGill
I was disappointed in not receiving a letter from you to-day but had a telegram from Capt Bouck to the effect that you were going along well. Perhaps I shall have a letter from you to-morrow. If one does not come then I shall probably not hear from or of you until I arrive in England.
The weather keeps quite cold but the sun was shining most of to-day. I hope that we get warmer days for our trip to Le Havre. We are all to ride in box cars. If the weather is warm enough we can leave the side doors open and view the landscape as we tear along at the rate of 5 or 6 miles per hour.
A notice came to the orderly room to day to the effect that M.O.s would be allowed to remain in England for the purpose of doing post graduate medical study, this period not to exceed 6 months duration. I shall not bother with any thing of that kind. I should like very much to do some work in that line but my first great desire is to get free of the army.
By the time this letter reaches you I shall likely be in Le Havre and you may look for me within a few days of the receipt of the letter. I shall try to get my 8 days leave at once after we reach England, and thereafter will likely be able to get up once a week to London. I really do not think it would be worth your while to move away from London for the short time we are to be in England.
With all my love
Harold W. McGill