Letter to Rev. R.M. Laporte Payne 24 April 1917
West End Hotel
Dear Mr. Payne,
My wife & I came out to India that we might pass a few weeks with my son & his wife at Jhelum.
Unfortunately for our arrangements after we had been at Jhelum seven weeks, Major Burton’s regiment was sent to Loralai in Baluchistan, 52 miles from a railway station & a “restricted area”, so we could not join him there. We proposed to return home at once but the authorities will not grant a passport to Mrs. Burton, consequently we are prisoners here for an indefinite time. Not expecting to be away so long a period I did not bring addresses & books for reference. I think I am in debt for pew rent & cannot remember where to send it. I enclose cheque for 30s/- which I think will cover till September next. Would you kindly pass it on to the proper authority. The climate at Bangalore in nearly perfect, rather hot in the daytime during this month & up to the middle of May, when it will be cooler again. – We are in a very comfortable hotel & cannot complain but should very much like to be able to return home in spite of a worse climate.
With kind regards to you & family in which Mrs Burton joins.
Chas R. Burton.