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Date: November 29th 1916

Canadian Convalescent Hospital Uxbridge

Nov 29th 16

Dear Mother:-

Well dear have just come across two letters that arrived here Sunday when I was away to a weekend pass at Croydon. Have to hand a letter from Frank written on Sunday the 26th, saying he was on a draft for the 27th, so I have not seen him after all. He had his six days leave but I did not get his letter to say he was on leave till the day before he had to go back so my telegram did not catch him. He says he had a good time in London. He did not say whether he had been to see the Barrons. He sent me some dandy tobacco from London, also some cigars. He also asked me if I wanted any money as he had lots.

Well I got a pass and two pounds last Friday and went up to London. Had tea there and went down to Croydon. I got into the Warner's house about 8 and they made a great fuss of me. They sent over for Prescott who took me over to his house and introduced me to his wife who is a very jolly woman. It was quite funny to have everyone saying Mrs. Row this and Mrs. Row that. On Saturday morning I just stuck around and watched her messing around with half a dozen hens and went for a walk with Peggy around the common. We saw some girls playing hockey and Peggy introduced me to some of her school teachers. Peggy and I went to tea at old man Warner's and then I went with Prescott and Mrs. Row to have dinner with Mrs. Thornbury, a cousin of Dad's. Gee, talk about a reception; soup, fish, lamb, sprouts, apple pie with clotted cream, Welsh rarebit on toast, dessert and port with coffee and cigars. All I had to do was to talk which you may be sure I did all right. Had tea in bed in the morning, got up for breakfast and went to church with the Rows and heard the Bishop of Dover on the national mission. After church met the Warners and went to dinner with them, of course another gorge. After dinner went round to Rows to say goodbye and Mrs. Row went with me to the station. I changed at Clapham junction and went down to see Granny Adams and of course got another great welcome. Had tea and went to church with her and heard the minister talk on the diocesan fund. Had a nice supper after church and a conflab in the drawing room talking over old times.

Left at 9:30 and caught the bus for Ealing and took tram from there home to camp. Got home and found a letter from Frank saying he had gone to France. Yersterday I rec'd a parcel and pr of socks addressed Woodcutters which has been 11 months on the road. The cake was made by Mrs. Read on 600 and something Maryland Street and the card wished me Merry Xmas for 1915. The cake was not squashed and was delicious as it was iced. The wonder was it was not squashed out of existence as it was only wrapped in paper.

Well dear I hope you are keeping well. I am feeling fine. How is Phil getting along at school? Give my love to all.

Your loving son,