"Post marked Barry, Wales
222 Northfield Rd.
Gee if I were there you could not hold me for joy. Your letters written July 15th--July 17th (sent to Prefontaine, Ottawa) and July 25-Aug. 2nd (containing Louise's & Caswell's) and Aug. 5th, just came together with two from Mother. They were all forwarded on to me by Mrs. Banister. Gee, Honey am I happy. You are a wonder and if yo don't win it will not be your fault.
Already I am able to report some progress. Yesterday the Captain said he could not break the articles I signed in Montreal. Today the shipping master at Barry told me he was willing to authorize my discharge from the Darcoila and that he will furnish me with registration card and any other document I need to satisfy the civil authorities. The Captain first told me that he will call in at the shipping office tomorrow and sign my release and pay me all that is coming to me. So far so good Honey. I am at least firmly established on English soil and now I am laying plans to take the last hurdle. Pray for me and keep wishing me luck. I feel more confident than ever.
[Captain Anderson had conspired with the shipping master and the mayor of Barry to concoct a technicality to bypass the rules so he could be discharged.]
It is mighty good to hear you talk for a change. I have been talking to you for five whole weeks and not a line from you. But tonight you did all the talking. How I would love to be with you in the birch bark canoe under the moon we both see. We do love the canoe and believe me when the opportunity permits we are going to have our honeymoon all over again in our canoe. [Note: Looks like they went canoeing for their honeymoon.] Gee Dearie can't we manage to have you come to England for war service?
Thanks so much for the address of Chris & Wilkins. I shall write them tonight.
I am very glad you were successful in getting a successor to the Grants. I regret that you have so much worry Dearie and if anything else goes wrong please don't let it worry you. I only hope that I can keep you supplied with enough money to dissipate your worries altogether.
Mother has take my departure wonderfully well. She will have letters from me by this time. Please contact her as often as you can Dearie and give her the news.
I was pleased to hear that Cecil is in the army instructing. Also that MacLeod and Shaw are making progress. She is a fine chap and will make a great naval man.
I am mighty glad Wilson and Walter, Margaret and your Mother are looking after you. I owe them all a mighty big debt. If I can do nothing else, I shall fight like the d---l for them and their safety.
It is wonderful to see the spirit of England at its best. Unless I am all wrong this country is setting the course for the world and Churchill is recently appointing Greenwood to plan post war matters has not surprised me in the least. I believe Churchill's greatest contribution to the world is yet to come in his leadership for socialism. This may seem strange but I believe at heart he is an avowed socialist and with the influence of men like Att......(sp?), Bevin, Greenwood and Alexander so close to him I feel certain his marvelous intellect will lead him to the light.
I shall write MacLeod and Shaw at the earliest opportunity.
Tomorrow I shall purchase a suit of clothes, pr of shoes, shirt, unders, hat and in fact just about all that is necessary to clothe on in decency.
I shall wire you result of London trip. I don't think I shall look up any of my old friends until I have finished my battle. Mr. Banister wants me to go to Birmingham as soon as possible--that my same small room is waiting for me. Gosh, Dearie, the depths of English hospitality is unfathomable. I only wish you were here to meet in person the friends I made here during the last war.
I shall get my belongings into shape tonight and be ready to be discharged in the morning. I shall proceed straight to London and will likely have to stay there until Monday or Tuesday in order to see the people I want to.
Gee why aren't you here to let me hug you. I would take you right away to some quiet Welsh village and what a time we would have.
I shall write again Sweetheart tomorrow. I love you deeply and even dream of you. Heaps of love and kisses.