A.A. Laporte Payne letter to Muriel 24 August 1917.
August 24th 1917
Thank you very much for your letter and the photo of Mrs Lowe and the baby which is exceedingly good; but why did you not send me one of yourself instead? I am very glad you are having such a good holiday. I hope you have recovered from your strenuous labours as a farm hand and that Mr & Mrs Cross are keeping well and enjoying themselves.
I am sending this note to Benchfield as I think you are returning to Finchley to-day.
This is only a short note, dear, to let you know I am fairly well and thinking of you. I have got a rash like the stupid thing that I am. The doctor says it is the water or something I have taken – at any rate it wasn’t whiskey. I must get rid of the it before my leave mustn’t I?
Everything goes on as usual. It is not at all like August – much too windy and wet.
The wretched inhabitants are struggling hard to get the harvest in, in spite of the rain and shells. They are extraordinary people.
How did you find Finchley after your long absence? Much the same I suppose
With all my love, dearest, & kisses