6 November 1917

To H.G.H.

How are you getting on with the cares of the air, and the Parish, which makes you worry most and is there still a single vacant pew?  In any case I hope you are not too pessimistic, though I can quite imagine that the Italian business has caused a certain amount of gloom amongst certain people who overestimate its importance.  There is absolutely no need to worry about it all.  We have got an American officer attached to us for three days – he seems a good fellow and should make a very good soldier.  I must confess that I cannot weigh him up; he is much deeper than the average Englishman of the same age, and seems to look at thing from a totally different point of view.  He is wonderfully equipped, and, if typically, it would seem that his country has no intention of doing things by halves.   His field-glasses, compass, coat – everything are all not only tres chic but I think also very serviceable and good.

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