22nd December 1915

At Queensferry. Had a most pleasant surprise today in the shape of a photograph from you. Now this is really a most remarkable coincidence, for it was only a few days ago that I was thinking how nice it would be to receive a photograph of you and I wondered if you would have one done as it was Xmas-time.┬áIn view of these thoughts I shouldn’t have been surprised, but the surprise lay in the coincidence of my thoughts and your action. It must be telepathy.

I must say the photo is a good one and I think about the best you have had done. Your hair suits you like it is in the photo and I wish you would always do it like that. I shall take a look at it many times a day, in fact it will be little short of worshipped. I thank you ever so much for your thoughtfulness dear, and there is nothing I should have liked more than this photograph.

I must next comment on the latest edition of the “[surname deleted] Gazette”. It is “topping”, long, interesting and brimful of real affection. I must thank you “old sport” for the extra stir at the Xmas pudding you promise to give for me. Yes that will do nicely dearie. I told you, more for fun than reality, in a previous letter that we were thinking of making our own Xmas pudding and thought of putting some lyddite in so that when the “snapdragon” show came on we should have some fun – if we were still alive. We have now given up thoughts of making a duff, thinking it would save time, trouble and perhaps lives if we ordered it from the canteen. So you will not have any need to fear for my safety or that I will come home with my head under my arm.

Once again you have dreamt that I was inattentive to you. These sort of dreams must really be reversed, for I can’t for the life of me see where or how I have been so bad as these old dreams of yours paint me. So glad to know that you don’t worry over them, and you are so sure of me that you ask me to keep an appointment with you tomorrow night. Wish you wouldn’t pull my leg Miss.

Now I wish to place on record the thanks that are due to you for purchasing a silver teapot for my Mother – a present from me indirectly. I have no doubt that your choice will be satisfactory to my Mother, and I am now waiting to hear what she thinks of it. What a surprise for her eh!

You thank me for the locket which I asked Mother to get for you and I had a miniature photo of myself made to fit in, so you won’t have any chance to forget me, not for a moment that I think you would be so thoughtless dear. So glad you like the present anyhow.

You inform me that as Marion and Joe, Mother and Dad will be out tonight, you are going in No. 19 to keep Nina company when you come from Church. I expect you will have a happy time together and I’m wondering if either of you will make reference to a member of the masculine sex who is so well known to both of you other than as his normal self. It is possible that confidences will be changed when you two are together. Wouldn’t I like to be handy, Mabs.

You say you look upon writing to me as a duty – a most happy one though. The same has ever been my thought and feeling, and I have been hard pushed at times to fulfil such a duty, but I don’t think I have ever been found wanting. I hope I never shall.

Thank you for your good wishes for a Happy Xmas and hope that we shall be in harbour, in which case I think I shall be able to enjoy myself. I shall be quite satisfied if we are in harbour, and shall make the best of circumstances. I also record my thanks to your Mother, Dad and Brother for their good wishes.

This I think concludes my notes on your very fine letter. Thank you.

Sent cards to Mrs Hocken, Mrs Edwards, Aunt Fanny and Louie and Willow. I have this evening received cards from you and your Ma. I have written to you this evening.

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