Very many thanks for your letter which arrived yesterday. I also heard from Ben & Rosamond & got various papers, for which many thanks. Your letter was dated 24th May, so the mails seem to be coming a little quicker nowadays. Everyone says in their letters how nice & hot it is at home now; Nell says it’s lovely down at Gloucester; they all went down to Salisbury to see Jack before he went off to France, & they seem to have all enjoyed themselves.
So glad you’ve seen Peg o’ my Heart: pretty little piece is’nt it; I saw it 4 times I think, including once at Bristol with Kathleen. My dear mother, what adventures you had with Mr Hunt; that taxi wheel coming off might have been much worse, how lucky you did’nt turn right over into the ditch. His vicarage sounds lovely & I’m glad he was so pleasant. Thanks for sending Louie a photograph; Yes, please send Mrs Stack one, 150 Sutherland Avenue, Maida Vale.
Poor old Topher, down with flu now; every mail I expect to hear he has been home on leave, it certainly seems hard to get nowadays. Yes I saw Mr Kirwan’s brother’s death in the paper. I was most awfully sorry, & please tell Mrs Kirwan so from me; I met him once or twice out here, in Lucknow I think, & he was quite well known out here. Kathleen’s husband is still out in France I believe, & a captain now!
Yes Nell’s photographs are awful sweet are’nt they; I too like the side face one best I think, though the two full face are awfully pretty too. I got four! one of which I don’t like at all. I had a long letter from Dick a day or two ago, & letters from Ben & Rosamond this mail. So sorry Ruth’s arm is bad, I hope it’s all right again now; my love to her.
What about daylight saving? I suppose you are getting used to it now, & I expect it will be generally adopted after the war, for the summer at anyrate. After all it does’nt much matter what time you call it, so long as you get all the daylight you can. But I should think it takes some getting used to, it must be very strange at first.
The rains have fairly broken now & we live in a perpetual downpour, & mists & clouds. It’s freshened up the place a lot, and made it much cooler, & it has come just in time to save a serious famine in Garhwal. It has also improved the golf links, which were hard and dry and almost unplayable before; but they are in splendid condition now, & I generally try & get a game in most afternoons.
Any more news of the North Sea fight I wonder? They don’t seem to know for certain what damage they did to the Germans, but from all accounts of the Kitchener memorial service in the papers today; what a wonderful display of sympathy was shown; well, he was a tremendous figure in History, & will loom very large in English History especially. I don’t suppose there was a more outstanding figure on either side in the war, nor will there be.
I must try and get some more mail letters off today; I’m afraid I have got a bit behindhand lately with my correspondence.
My leg has more or less recovered now, though it is still a bit stiff, & of course I can’t play footer or anything, as I can’t put any strain on it, or twist or turn suddenly on it, & I am still a bit lame. I wonder if that microscopic wound I got weakened any muscles, because it was in just the same place; but I don’t think it is likely.
Best love to all
from your loving son
Charles Harrison recording (1913)