The Letters of Arthur Martin-Leake July 1914

World War One letters from a double VC

read by Nicholas Blatchley

Letter 86932
Hertfordshire Archives & Local Studies

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{This is the first letter in the archive since about the same time the previous year. Since it seems fairly routine, presumably there were letters in the interim that have been lost.}

16/7/14 — 14 Garden Reach {Calcutta}

My dear Mammy

We are having a deluge of rain now & it looks as if it will never stop again.

You don’t seem to be getting any nearer a settlement in Ireland. The Gov[ernmen]t appear to have given up trying to do anything.

Sad about the death of Lucy Harding.

Best love & hoping you are well.

Y[ou]r affect[iona]te son
A M Leake

{HALS reference 86932}

 

23/7/14 — 14 Garden Reach

My dear Mammy

Our daily routine has been completely thrown out this week by the mail being three days late. At least my business was not altogether upset, but it is the correct thing to pretend it was. You have probably seen by the papers that the Salselte had a very bad time.

We have got the King’s speech to his conference today. The Radicals seem to be racking their brains for something to say about it. With these swine obstructing everything how can the country get on? What are you going to do with the women? There seems to be lots of talk about it, but precious little doing to stop the anarchy.

We are having a really bad time now with the rains — not so much in quantity, but every day is wet, & it is impossible to do anything. I ride every morning to keep self & ponies fit.

Have had a letter from {Dr?} Bolton who tells me that you & Bella went to see him. I am so glad that it was not for business that you called upon him.

Thank Sittie for the letter & copies.

Best love
Y[ou]r affect[iona]te son
A M Leake

{HALS reference 86933}

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