A.A. Laporte Payne letter 28 December 1916
December 28th 1916.
Just a line to let you know that, though busy, I am still alive and thinking of you. Thank you so much for your letter of the 22nd. I am glad you are satisfied with the photos. I wasn’t. I am sorry that someone else had to give them to you and not myself.
I do hope you had a good Christmas. We did our best to enjoy ourselves. Eatables were collected from homes and other places. We got 3 large turkeys, brace of pheasants, a ‘Cheshire Cheese’, lark pie, 6 plum puddings and other things. Now we are struggling to get through them. It sounds horrid but we don’t think it is out here – we have deteriorated so. Your cake I kept till Christmas Day when it was opened. I found some holly – how thoughtful of you. The cake was delicious and appreciated too much by others for my liking. It goes too quick.
Who ever told you I admired Ethel Levy? I am sure I don’t. She interested me because she was so ugly and yet seemed to fascinate people. I suppose it was because she was so vulgar, and vulgarity is interesting at times – so long as you can get away when you want.
There is absolutely no news to tell you and I hesitate to repeat again and again what must bore you but which I shall never get tired of repeating. You know what that is. I am getting more & more anxious to see you again. I have such a lot to tell you and such a lot to learn, a lot to receive (perhaps) and still more to give.
Have you had any more riding lately or have you been too busy? I have not been on a horse for a long time.
The weather has not been too good. To-day has been frosty but not fine. The O.P. is very cold and not at all interesting this thick weather.
I do hope you are keeping well and no colds or cracked lips! I am keeping horribly healthy. I should like a short time as an invalid somewhere as long as I did not feel too ill. I hope everybody else is alright.
This must go now as I want to catch the orderly now leaving with the mail. I will write again tonight if I am left alone.
With all my love & best wishes for 1917. May it be a very happy year for you.