A.A. Laporte Payne letter 16 January 1917
January 16th 19167
You perfect little darling! So that was the secret. Thank you so very very much for it. it is beautiful. I was more than delighted to get it as you may guess. I like the colouring very much indeed. Your lips look very kissable in the picture. I wish I could have the original all to myself. I am afraid though you would have a very rotten time. I am sure you would hate to be made untidy and ruffled. Wouldn’t you? I shall have to be careful. But an intoxicated person is hardly responsible for his actions.
I am so very sorry to hear about Mrs. Cross’ accident. I do hope it did not upset her very much. Thank heaven you weren’t there. You seem to be very lucky in getting out of these accidents. I am glad I was not in the carriage for it would have been doubtful whether I was not the sort of person to bring bad luck. I hope Mrs. Cross has recovered from the effects.
So you are staying the night with the Gardners – oh! I hope they are well and that you enjoyed your visit. Thank you for finding time to write to me from there. (That is unkind isn’t it. well I can’t help it sometimes). You don’t mention Humphrey but I suppose he was there. I am getting on quite alright. The Colonel has been behaving himself very nicely, I am glad to say. In this comparative comfort existance is not so bad, but I feel a brute when our fellows are having such a rotten time in the trenches – but I suppose this won’t last very long.
Please forgive this short note but I must get one off by this post to thank you for what you have sent.
With love and kisses