These letters from Hone to his first wife Mary were acquired by the Library as part of the literary papers of Hone’s daughter the author Leland Bardwell. There are over 90 items, many written on low-quality army-issue lined jotter or notebook paper, and in pencil. A few items were written to Hone by others and these have not been included in the project. A particular difficulty thrown up by this collection was the almost complete lack of any dates, so the chronological order may not be strictly correct; even the supplied dates, in square brackets, visible in the photographs, could be revised. The earliest letters are from 1915. There are a number of other items in the collection – including a professional reference for Hone.