"5 Initial Training Wing
Sunday evening, Bill is here and all is merry and bright. Where are you?
Bill came in last night about midnight. I was on duty all night and didn't see him until this morning. He is looking very well, a bit heavier than usual and, ........illegible........., he is a sergeant. He has seven days leave and will have to return Saturday next.
This morning we decided to see a bit of this beautiful place, Torquay. We walked by a quaint winding road, foot paths, jumbled steps until finally we reached the summit of one of the seven heights of land on which Torquay is built. This brought us onto the rifle range which overlooks Tar Bay (please refer to map). The coast line is very abrupt. In fact it is a steep faced cliff all along the Devonshire coast, broken here and there only, by the odd river such as the Teija (sp?), Dar, Ex, etc. It was a sunny, clear morning and we enjoyed the world in general and our company in particular.
Really our wishes for your presence (and Marion's) were frequently expressed. Your ears must have been scratching. We were strolling leisurely along the crest of this cliff, I with a cigar, talking about the beautiful scenes when a gentleman, gray of hair, approached and asked from what part of Canada we were. It was nobody short of H.G. Bell of Montreal and for many years on the staff of the Dominion Bridge Co. of Toronto and the brother of Mr. Bell the Harbour Master of Hamilton. Naturally enough we were happy in our acquaintance. He left Canada in 1923 and returned to his home in England. He knows, very well, many Montreal people whom I know. Soon his wife appeared and joined us in conversation. They are stopping at one of the Torquay hotels until next Saturday. They then return to their home in London. They have asked us over to see them during the week. Bill is planning to go over on Wednesday. I won't have an opportunity as my days are fully occupied.
Bill is planning a trip to Plymouth tomorrow (an hour and a half away by bus). I'm certain he will enjoy his leave here very well. He has just gone out for a stroll now before he turns in.
I saw Mr. & Mrs. Phillips and small son off to Wales yesterday. As I couldn't get them any chocolates (such are not available) I got them a dozen small fancy tarts to take along to eat on the journey. They will be away until Thursday.
I have received notification from the bank that some money will be paid into my account soon by the government. This I receive by way of a statement each month. As this is the first such notice that I have received my account will be operating very soon. I shall arrange a payment to you by way of the Royal Bank just as soon as possible.
I am sorry I forgot to enclose Mrs. Dunham's letter Sweetheart. I don't know now what I did with it, likely burned it as I have answered it long since. I burn all my letters, except yours, just as soon as I answer them.
It looks as if we are going to have a cook here at last. An elderly gentleman appeared on the scene yesterday and seems to be working himself in that capacity. There has been no maid here since two or three weeks ago and the place is becoming quite dusty. I heard the old lady say that she received a reply to her advertisement and expects a girl tomorrow.
I am still raving about my sweater Dearie. I wish you were inside of it right now. I'd join you at once. Bill promises to write you very soon. He said your letter was a month coming. Bill sends his love. Heaps of love and kisses until your lips burn.
P.S. Please don't forget to obtain a receipt from Wright -- "Paid in Full" if you collect the commission B."
[I suspect this P.S. has something to do with his real estate business. I never did learn what became of it, whether he simply shut it down or whether someone else took it over.]
Two lovely letters from you this morning. #69 & 70. Yes, Dearie, I shall be glad when you have not to bother with furnace, sales, etc. Another reason why I wish you were here. I could keep you quite busy enough without the necessity of leaving to do those chores. I do so long for you to be here and I spend much time thinking how we can manage to get you over here with the risk of misfortune. Can't you think of some way Honey? Surely we're not going to be beaten at this stage of the journey. How is your first aid by this time? Can't you volunteer as a V.A.D.? It has been done and is being done. One thing I do notice is that few, if any of your letters are missing recently. I seem to get them all. Perhaps the ships coming this way are heavier convoyed. I would give anything to have you here.
I have not been very busy this morning with routine work. I have endeavored to work at some law which I have to get off as soon as I can. I hear I got 84 in arms last week which is encouraging. There are many subjects which I am trying to work off as quickly as possible. Hence I'm very much occupied.
Bill is having a wonderful time sleeping these days. It is usually noon before he gets up. He says he is fully enjoying it. I think it must be rather tame for him. I scarcely see him until after 6:30 p.m. We have taken in a picture each night. Last night we saw 'Price and Prejudice' which we liked very well. The night before we saw a vaudeville which was somewhat amusing. Bill has to leave Friday morning. I don't know whether he will be able to get to Plymouth or not. I think he is going over to see Mr. Bell, this gentleman whom we met last Sunday, before he leaves Torquay.
The day is wet and windy, cold and bleak. Come on over and we shall not care what the weather is like.
Mr. and Mrs. Phillips are still away. They will be back tomorrow from Wales. I haven't heard from Olive Gaven for quite awhile and don't know where Doug is these days. I think he is somewhere in Surrey and likely Olive is with him.
You won't have to wait much longer for some funds, Dearie. I am trying to make arrangements with the Royal Bank to pay you fifty dollars at once. Just what permanent arrangement I shall be able to make I don't know yet. I would like to make it possible to send you fifty dollars each month. At least I hope to send 10 pounds. I shall hurry the matter along as quickly as possible.
There is a matter I wish you to attend to Dearie. In one of my files in the basement under "Commissions, Agreements etc." I think you will find a commission contract (slip) signed by the Irving Lumber Co. You likely remember the deal was negotiated with Atlas Trading Co. Ltd. or Atlas Traders Ltd. (Mr. Morden was President). Their lease contained an option to purchase which had to be exercised within a certain time limit. Will you please contact Mr. Morden and ask him if he has yet or is considering soon to purchase this property. Let him know where I am and what I'm doing. I'm sure he will cooperate with you. If he has purchased this property all you have to do is to bill Irving Lumber Co. Ltd., the former owners, for the amount of the commission, 3 1/2% of the sale price (less rebate of unearned portion of commission on rental which we have already been paid. I think you will find a copy of this lease tied up with a number of others in the basement. If you don't wish to bother with it please give the commission agreement to L.V. Wright and ask him to collect, and pay you the balance after deducting the rent I owed him. In any case if you collect the commission I wish you to pay Wright (King-Victoria Ltd.) what we owe him.
I would love to have the ring over here to wear but don't run risk of loss. Heaps of love and kisses.