GWL 19th July 1917

All your letters have come now, except two, up to 29 June.  We are going to celebrate on the 23rd.  A tremendous affair.  Rome fell through luxury.  We have now got a china tea service!  may the Gods be merciful.  Not a bit of news.  I think Colonel Burges must have gone up  He has not put in an appearance here again.  I don’t know what will happen to K.M.

I have  had a very charming letter from Miss N.C. Power [sister Nancy, 11 years old at the time. Ed.].  She has quite a way of her own in describing pleasures past.  The rabbits still appear daily.  The great advantage is that the cats appreciate the bones greatly.  On Monday next we are having a ‘makee pray’ – A padre turned up the other day.  The other fellow having gone on leave.  I do wish there was something to write about, but there is not.  What did you get yourself for a birthday present?  I think that, if all goes well, in the course of the next 4 or 5 months, I might get a little leave.  But don’t count on it.”

On this day Alexander Karenski took over from Prince Lvov as Premier of Russia.  He was a moderate leader subsequently overthrown by the Bolsheviks in the October Revolution.

{next post 22nd July}

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