TCD MS 11274/76 folio 1 verso
[?1917] possible that they were never posted. It is no use my promising to get a letter off every day. I see no reason at present why I shouldnt but similar circumstances to the late ones may arise at any moment. I will however promise to do my best and that if anybody gets a letter off one of mine will go. You see theres no use in saying it only takes forty seconds to write a note when are forty miles and (?forty [?] from your people]. I wish we were able to stay here the night but Im afraid it will not be. It is a perfectly beastly cold wet night. The worst of this war is darkness. If it were light all the time it would be much better. I have today taken Willie to see the “Hun” cemetery. I mentioned to you I thought it might do him good. We discovered very many French men buried in it and a wonderfully carved monument and there is an enormous plain cross made out of trees which must have taken a long time. Willie made the ** astonishing (for him) statement “I wonder are the right on the right or the wrong side” I said I don’t think there was any right or wrong side in the affair.
A French woman said to me the other day: “Il le faut” **[thisline of text is written on the top of the first page of the letter]