121 Brookmill Rd
St. John's S.E. 8.
April 3rd 1918
My Dear Milly
I am so sorry to hear you have been so ill with rheumatism again after all those years. I am afraid you will feel it now as you grow older, especially in the winter you will have to be very careful about colds I should think. I have had only one letter from you, the others perhaps went to the bottom coming, this one was just a month coming what a time they take now, owing to the convoys I suppose they go rather slow. I hope this will find you stronger, give my love to Beatty tell her I mislaid her letter to me and have only recently dropped across it I hope she and the family are quite well. I hope Ted is alright I dont think you mentioned him in your letter, I am glad Ethel is doing alright she is getting fine pay and so close home too that is a great boon for her
I should think the farmers ar having most prosperous time getting so much for their produce, so they must be here in England, and Annie was telling me they are in Jersey, what a price nearly everything is now Annie was saying in her letter to me in February meat 2/2 & 2/6 a lb Butter 3/4 a lb bread 1/1 a 4lb loaf that is worse then here, we are paying 9d a 4lb loaf the highest price we paid was one shilling, we are not allowed very much now I daresay you have seen by the papers
What a pity Marion just failed in her Exam for Cambridge they took her at Whitelands on her Cambridge susses, she was going to have her school exam last month Annie said
I am rather surprised to hear you have not had poor Georgies things yet & there was something like ï¿½100 due to him at his death perhaps they will not pay that out till the War is over. What dreadful fighting there has been again this two or three week, we have not had a Raid now for several weeks, but I expect they will be giving us a turn again soon, the last time they were over, they went to Maida[?] Vale I think four houses were destroyed & a number of people killed, the time before they were over our way one bomb dropped the bottom of Vicars Hill not far from Ladywell Stn one dropped in Lewisham Park & two in Hither Green Lane they done a lot of damage but no one was killed only two slightly injured, it was marvelous how they escaped.
Dear Mill you asked if Georgie worked any badge for Auntie Abe, no he did not she was very disappointed he was working one when they moved him to Orpington & so she never got it. I think he left it with his friend at St Georges Hospital and he was going to finish it for him. I know how you must miss his letters to you coming so regular. Doris is still living home I suppose, I expect the boys are growing some strappers the Vicar's Son here Captain Jepsom had his leg blown off out at the front and otherwise seriously injured he is a doctor, he is not brought home yet it happened nearly five months ago he is recovering very slowly, his father and mother was sent for they thought he was going to die. I have no more news to tell you at present. I have not sent on the papers lately but I will send them on again
with love from Auntie Abe & myself
Your loving father