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Date: October 15th 1916

October 15, 1916

Dear Mother,

Your letters of Sept. 24 and 26, came just before we left for Warwick on Wednesday. Rex's letter, enclosing the prints came earlier. To-day I have Father's of Sept. 29, and Marjorie's of Oct 1st. Yours have priority.

Of course, I was much interested in the home-coming, and the Follow's visit. Your mention of Alice reminds me that I have rather neglected them; tho' no doubt you keep them informed of my doings. I really haven't time for many letters, and cards are so unsatisfactory.

By the time this reaches you, Rex will be back in Toronto, I suppose. Not knowing where to address him in Cambridge, I have not written him there. I do hope he will get off his generals this time. It is trying to have things like that hanging over one.

Marjorie's adventure into the realms of business interests me of course. She'll simply gobble up Pitman, and anyone who can write long-hand with her speed, should be able to trace short-hand at the gallop. I hate to think of her quaint little back-hand giving way to the regulation business script, though.

Thank you for all the little items about Mr. C., the Freelands, and the rest. We shall probably have to report at Shorncliffe for our discharge when we leave here. If so I shall try to look up Fred Porter.

Fresh fruit is hardly as common here as with you. I may have told you that we had lots of cherries in season; but the other fruits so far have been rather disappointing. We have lots of tomatoes - funny little things with not nearly the flavor of ours. I have got them quite frequently, however, to give zest to my sandwiches when we lunch out.

Thanks to Rex for the prints. They are a very good selection and in the form most convenient for me. The only additions I would like especially are Fred Smyth's pictures of the living-room and the plateau; but I'm not sure that you have the negatives. You might send me one of the Danket girls and Miss Wilson under the tree. Then I must ask for three or four of myself, arms akimbo, on the wharf, which seems to take the fancy of my friends here.

When I get to Leicester I shall probably send some of my films home to you unless the subs are too active. If I don't I will have some prints made of what I think you would like.

I am so glad to hear about Ben Walling again. How I should enjoy sharing that homey. I am sending him a card.

The news about McMaster is encouraging certainly. I have a letter from Thoms telling me about things, as well as Father's information. I was still at home when Professor Clark died. Am glad to learn that Mueller is taking his place. Things have certainly worked out providentially for him.

Our Warwick trip was a bit disappointing. We were at the ranges all day, and by the time we got back and dressed, it was too dark to see anything of the place. Our billets were not all they might have been, and the cinemas were lamentably de trop (is that right?) We were all glad to get back to Oxford. We did have an hour in the castle on Friday, and saw the principal rooms. It was too dark outside to really take in the walls and gardens, though one could see how beautiful they must be under better conditions.

We got back about 3.00 p.m. yesterday, and Murdoch and I took our three Radcliffe divinities to a concert in the evening, which was rather good. (To be exact, Murdoch took one, and I a great believer in the safety of numbers - took the other two.

Oceans of Love,