Halsey 7 Dec 1914
From HMS New Zealand
By Ian Fisher
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My Dear Father,
This should arrive at Gaddesden on Wednesday and I wish you very many happy returns of your birthday, and as I said before may we be spared to wish you a happier one next year. We are having a real dose of bad weather now – blowing and snowing or raining nearly every day. I generally land now for a walk, and the Admiral and I do from 8 to 10 miles each afternoon, which keeps one fit.
I don’t like the look of the news from Germany today, which says they have taken Lodz and the Russians are retiring. It was most important to have a success there.
Thanks so much for your letter of (I think) the 29th, but I sent it on to Coog as I know she would be interested about the Canadian Masons and what they told you. Please thank Mother for her letter. The family are very good about writing to me and letters and news are a real joy in these horrible times. I have no news for you as usual.
My very best love to you all and I hope to be able to drink your very good health on Wednesday. Goodbye
Believe me ever
Your affectionate Son