Halsey 19th May, 1914
Read by Ian Fisher
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Halsey 19 May 1914
From: H.M.S. New Zealand Cromarty
My Dear Father,
I feel very guilty in not having written to you and thanked you for your last letter and enclosing the CPR papers. I am sorry you had all the trouble of taking them to Drummond’s, but I give Gaddesden as my permanent address as one never knows quite where one may be and you are always so good about forwarding things.
I have had a very hard worked 12 days, going out practically all the week for firing and night work, but we get every Saturday and Sunday in harbour, and having a delightful Admiral, everything is pleasant and not the least hard work. We got in this afternoon and leave tomorrow for Portland, and on Saturday I hope to dash round, either in my motor or by train, to Saltash till Monday. Googy comes on Tuesday for a fortnight with Joan, and we are going up to London for the Court Ball on 9th June or thereabouts. We leave for a cruise in the Baltic till about 8th July. I have had no news of Mother and Fyfie since they left England except what you told me. However, I hope to extract a letter from [McGrugga] in answer my felicitations for her birthday.
I had a good days fishing on the Helmsdale last Wednesday with Harold McCorgusdale and the Aunt and we each got two salmon. I have found my car most useful up here and without it I should have had no golf and no fishing. I hear we are to pay off on September 1st, so I shall get my 3 months holiday I hope, but alas it will be only half pay. However I feel I want a rest badly. Good bye, believe me ever your affectionate Son,
Jock Wood’s brother, Beau, has been staying on board with me for 2 days to see the firing