Letter to Rev. R.M. Laporte Payne 30 July 1918

Letter to Rev. R.M. Laporte Payne 30 July 1918


Martin Dales


July 30/18


Dear Mr. Payne,


I was very pleased to receive your letter, & to hear that your two sons have been spared to you, in the good Providence of God. My elder boy Reginald is in Italy with the R.A.M.C., he was sent out with a mobile laboratory.  My younger boy Albert is in Mesopotamia & was well & happy when last we heard from him.  Previous to “joining up” Reginald was at Keble College & Albert was just going to begin a medical course at Manchester University.


It must be a great strain on you being without a curate. Lucy Jaques sends us your Par Mag so we get to know a little parochial news in this way.


We are very happy in our work here. I left the C.A. two years ago feeling to need a settled home & sphere of work.  I am in charge of a district Church on the edge of the Fen.  The Parish Ch is five miles away from here.  We have Matins, Evensong & S. School.  The work is very encouraging in every way.


We have a nice little home situated on the bank of the Witham, with a very large garden.


I have the Bishop’s Commission for preaching in Church. Twice during the month the Vicar and I exchange churches.


I hope Mrs Payne & your two daughters are well.


With all good wishes

Yours sincerely

Walter Barton