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Date: July 11th 1918

From: London, Eng.
11 July 1918

Dearest Mother -

Well, after a week in Killarney and another day in Dublin, I arrived back at London last night. My leave is up this evening so will be able to give you a new address next time I write likely.

You know, I left a note in a hotel here for Casey before I left to go to Ireland. I find that it has not been touched so he must still be in France. I had no idea he would be so long getting away. Of course, I have not heard from him so do not know what has happened. It is too bad altogether when we were planning to get away together.

I went to the little Presbyterian Church in Killarney last Sunday and heard a Presbyterian service again for the first time since I went to France or indeed I might almost say since I left Canada. There are only about 2 Presbyterian families in Killarney - a place of some 5500 inhabitants. There are about 10 Methodists and 40 or 50 Church of Ireland which is High Anglican - like the Church of England. The rest are all Roman Catholics. County Kerry is one of the most Catholic counties in Ireland. Therefore not a few Sinn Feiners around in that part of the country. One man was arrested while I was there for illegal drilling. The people around there seem to be very bitter against the British Government. Lord French, they say, is going about things from the wrong end - the military end - and will never do anything but harm. They claim the British Gov. could get all the men they wanted from Ireland if they went about it the right way, but if they force conscription on the country, it will only cause insurrection and strife.

I had lovely weather for my leave. All the time I was in Ireland, it didn't rain a bit. But, today it is raining quite hard. I am enclosing a couple of post cards showing Killarney scenery.

Yours sincerely,

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