[17 March 1916]
I think youre right it would be nicest to go to see a lot of new places. Better than to settle down in Dublin although I don’t quite agree that that would be a very conventional thing to do Of course we could wander about Europe and America till there was no more money and then come back to Dublin and go for a member of the new House of Commons and live on “graft”. There should be a good opening for grafting politicians in the new House. It would really be ideal to get a nice job at engineering at 150 p.a. in some good climate. The man in the Coffee-Shop tells me he has no doubt that after the war all the rebuilding of broken towns and bridges will be done by English contractors. He apparently takes it as a matter of course.
I dont know why I have been bad at writing because I enjoy writing to you so much and also would be very disappointed at not getting your letters regularly which I do every second day practically. [“Principal object” is spelt like this, not “principle object”] Paw told me he had seen the letter you said you shewed him & was interested in the