252 John St.,
Simcoe, July 12, 1917
My dear Morris:
After a month's tour, I am at last at home. We reached "busy Quebec" two weeks ago, but found another bunch ahead of us. They had to be cleared, and we were left a fortnight to see the sights and enjoy the genial company of the French-Canadians. The English speaking ladies of old Quebec were especially good to us. Concerts and teas were the order of the day and even the YMCA extended the privilege of baths which I can assure you were very greatly appreciated. Shortly after our arrival, two more boats came with men but had to be cleared from Halifax. This will give you an idea of the way they are trying to clear the British hospitals, I suppose to prepare for the big push. We had a fine reception in Toronto. A band turned out and the Mayor and Aldermen made speeches and cigarettes galore were flying around. I believe that but for Dry Ontario, John Barleycorn would have been there too.
I trust your knee is showing some improvement. If it isn't, I think it is time you came home. There will now be plenty of men to fill the ranks of the old-timers. All the amputation ones are in Toronto and have a hospital to themselves, and from all accounts, they are given a very good time.
Things are very prosperous in Canada at the present time. All the business men say the same, and I think that when the boys come home, there will not be any scarcity of money. I hope you have been moved from Ramsgate to more congenial atmosphere, and that if you can't come home you will land what you hope to do.
Remember me to Hanna, and tell him that I shall write him next week.
With heaps of good luck, and every good wish,