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G.L.Q.[sic] Basrah [Basrah, Al (Basra)] June 26 Dearest Mother. I thought there was to be no mail this week but last night came your letter of May 17 written from London. The posts get slower and slower. I see the difficulty about Marie, yet I should be very sorry to part with her when she has been with us for such a long time. Is there nothing she could be set to do, a war job of some kind? Of course she ought not to sit idle and I may be away for months still. She can't go home because her home is in the hands of the Germans. But I think she would do anything she was told rather than leave us. It would be absurd to turn her into a gardener or a farmer; she ought to do sewing of some kind, or cutting out - something connected with the things she knows. Don't you agree? I hope your London time was satisfactory though it doesn't sound as if it had been very restful. Ever your very affectionate daughter Gertrude
Ridsdale! is he coming? I wonder how he'll like it.