My dear Mother.
V. many thanks for your letter – which I got yesterday – because we have been messing about at sea all during this last week, & consequently no mails out or in till yesterday – so that’s why you have’nt heard from me as usual.
All right I’ll tell Gieve to send my chest home – oh yes I’m sure it will fit in anywhere really – but you know how one imagines things are huge & they are not really.
I must send Ruth a fountain pen – I presume she writes with a Relief like we all do.
Sickening about our sports – because since the heats we have been at sea & so I’ve had no training & at present are at a different place – and the finals are Monday & Tuesday- so whether we shall be there for them I don’t know. I do hope we are.
I say how sad about Fred Hewett & what a shock for poor Bunchie – I never saw it in the paper – & did not know till I read it in your letter-
I had a letter from Jane from Gloucester – she seemed to be very happy-
Yes all this news East & West is extraordinary. I really believe we are on the move now – I think all those Balkan states are the limit- Heaven knows what will happen next.
My cold has quite gone now- oh about a week ago I should think.
If I send some socks home to be darned & mended – has anyone any time to do them – seems a pity to waste them – they are such nice ones.
Heaps of love to you all & I hope everyone is very well.
Your ever loving son
Relief pen nibs were dipped in an inkwell (difficult in a ship at sea, one would think). Fountain pens had a rubber bladder containing ink.