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Date: January 12th 1919
Harold Dean

Milton of Campsie
January 12 1919.

Dear Mother

This is Sunday night and the last clear day of my leave. Tomorrow I am travelling from 8 am till 6 am Tuesday to get back in time to Parkhurst. I did not intend to stay here so long but the people here would not hear of my leaving so I have spent my whole leave here. I have invited them to come and see me in Canada so be prepared for visitors for the next few years. Last night I met a Scotch lassie who has a brother at Coquitlam so you see I am dropping into it on all sides. I have told the girls here to come and stay a month with us because they are dressmakers and I imagine you could keep them busy for awhile.

I have had a lovely time here and it can not be repaid in a hurry either. They let me sleep in too that’s the best of it. It sure takes a lot to beat a good Scotchman when it comes to giving you a good time.

I got up this morning and went to Church and it sure took my breath for awhile. A nice little country church with about two dozen people in it. I got wet through last night and was mud to the knees but I found my coat dry and boots cleaned nicely this am when I got up. That’s the stuff to give ‘em eh? Ask Sis. Tell her I am having a Scotch girl now I have changed my mind.

When Mary sends them views to Mrs Mackay one of the girls will answer her so she may as well keep up a correspondence with her. It will do her good to write a friendly letter once in awhile now that the war is over soldiers correspondence can soon be dropped. She wont have to write to George and all the rest of the boys once they get home again.

I was in Glasgow yesterday and visited Mrs Ross (Duncan’s Mother) again. The old lady is fine let me tell you. I saw a few of the sights but nothing to amount to much. Glasgow is nothing like Edinburgh for historic places.

Well Mother I can’t write much tonight but will write in the middle of the week. There should be some letters at Parkhurst for me when I get back.

Well Mother I will ring off for this time with loads of love and good wishes to all I am

Your loving son

P.S. Lots of love from Jean for yourself as she wishes me to send it. H.

[written across the back of the last page by Harold’s Mother when passing the letter along to Mary:]
 Mary we got these two nice letters from Harold so I thought I would send them on to you I am afraid you would freez in that thin coat last night. Catlin and Walter were here awhile ago for a ride and Pery asked me if he might take the boys to the sho tonight so they are [?] Elwyn is in Miss Grays room hope you were not cold last night

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