Box 6 Files 4-10
Dear Miss O’Reilly
Thank you so much for your letter of B.C. news. I have had a lot of extra work on account of the war scare, as they took away the Paymaster we had here, & wont give us another. He went to one of the ships of the new squadron. Otherwise the scare would’nt have given me a minute’s extra work. It is satisfactory to see Britons everywhere loyal to the old country, but I wish people would’nt think that shouting “God Save the Queen” &c is sufficient . In these days of steam, organisation before hand is essential for our safety, and we dent seem to understand what it means. I was very sorry to hear about Mrs. Barnard, they are Vancouver people now, are’nt ·they? but I hope she has pulled rounds all right. I really dont know about Mr . Drummond, but I expect it is a case of incorrigible laziness. It is a pity, as all those other boys of mine in the “Warspite” have done so well several of them lieutenants already. I congratulate you on your gold. Do let me know how you did playing off the tie. I’m afraid I have’nt time enough for it, and its an aggravating game. I am just going for 10 days leave with some people for a tour in Normandy & Brittany, not bicycling. the weather is too unsettled. Sir Michael Seymour is home for a few days leave, as he is to keep the Mediterranean for another year. His son is to be married shortly to a Miss Nugent whom I know but I know her sister better Lady Carmichael whose husband has succeeded to the Grand Old Man’s seat in Midlothian . I’m sorry to hear Mr. O’Reilly is again suffering with his leg, I daresay Aix would do him good. with kind remembrances to all ever yours sincerely
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