"Envelope opened by Examiner 3557
I simply must write you a note this a.m. I have an examination in math in about 15 min. This makes my fifth exam so far and leaves me with three still.
I signed the prescribed form for allotting 1/7 of my salary to you. To this is added something like 4 pounds per month by the government. I think it will bring your total allowance from this side to almost 10 pounds per month. For some reason or other the government has seen fit not to pay full allowance (separation) to people living outside of the gold area. It means that they, under the present arrangement, contribute only 1 pound per week to one's dependents. In other words, instead of the 6 s. per day, which a man's wife, living within the gold standard area, received in normal course. You are receiving only about 30% of that amount.
An amusing thing happened the other day over my Hygiene exam. Lord Rattendan, who examined the paper erred in adding up his own marks, which were set out in the margin of the paper. An additional 10 points brought my mark up to 86% which relieved me somewhat. Even Lords can err in adding.
Here goes to math. Heaps of love and a big kiss and hug.
"Opened by Examiner 5313
Wed. May 7th/41
The close of another busy day. I say the close. I'm on duty tonight and, in all probability, I shall be up until long after midnight. I don't mind as I shall have my nose buried deeply in one of the few law books we are to cover in this course. I have to write a law exam at 9 a.m. tomorrow. I'm not really prepared as I have had so many other duties to attend to on the side. But still I suppose I'm as ready to take it now as I shall be later on. I wrote the math paper this morning. If the examiner is very generous I shall make the grade. I know I made several silly errors in my work--though the principle I sued in every case is correct. Not having had math for so long, I felt a bit clumsy working out ratios, simple equations, graphs, vulgar fractions etc. though really it is all very easy. I did want to make a good showing in math as so much depends on it. I am quite certain of getting through but that is not good enough. As soon as law is completed tomorrow I shall have only two other exams. Recognition of aircraft and navigation. I am giving myself but two weeks to master them before I sit for the exam. If I'm lucky I shall get through. I seem to be the only officer here who is getting the exams off and I don't understand why most of the others are just content to stick here training the others. But then that is their business, not mine.
Phillips has just been promoted to adjutant and is moving away from here the first of next week. A chap by the name of de Lorn is taking his place. He is a very decent chap and has lived a few years in Toronto. He was with the Toronto Scottish under Dr. McLaren for over two years. He will be a real asset here. Like myself he couldn't get into the Canadian Force. But that is easily understood as he was in London, Eng. when he enlisted.
I think old Mrs. Downing (at the Belmont Hotel where I'm staying) has finally got a full house. Several people have come in recently. I see two R.A.F. airmen, and two or three tradesmen. Tonight a secretary to Mrs. Downing's agent arrived. She has close cropped hair--not very attractive, and not likely to stay at 66 Belgrave Rd. I'm afraid the place is not pretentious enough for her.
By the way Sweetheart, the young officer W.A.A.F. who I stopped the other day, has taken definite interest in you and has written to London office to see what chance there is of getting you posted. She received a reply to her letter but so far has not succeeded in getting anywhere. London office says you would be more valuable in the Medical field than in the W.A.A.F The only post in the W.A.A.F that calls for one with medical knowledge is that of nurse in the dental clinic, which we both thought would not be good for you. Assistant Section Officer Waterman, my young lady officer friend, seems to think there should be a place in the F.A.N.Y.S. for you. The 'Fannies' as they are popularly known as. Miss Waterman seems to think that they are the cream of the women's organization and that you would fit in there well. It seems that the 'Fannies' do anything from dispatch riding to chauffeuring, clerical and supervisory work of almost all kinds. I shall make more inquiries about them.
I do hope that by the time you receive this letter that you are in receipt of the first installment of allowances. I'm sick to heart to feel that you are so in need when there is really no excuse for it now, except the barrier of restrictions. However it won't be very long now before you are in regular receipt of allowances.
I have become quite attached to my Flight [The group of 50 men he is in charge of training] They are an excellent lot of fellows and are working like Trojans. I'm surprised that so many young chaps can refrain from the indulgences of wine, women and song that are forever tempting them in a place like this, and stick close to work. They are so keen to become pilots and observers nothing else seems to interest them. It speaks well indeed for the high standard of morals among them, though i find the young people of this country to be quite moral indeed. And certainly things are wide open. One can get whatever one wants at any time.
Well Sweetheart, I must get busy and plug away at law.
Heaps of love and kisses and happy dreams and don't wake me in the morning--we'll sleep in