[21 April 1917] your two and Em’s two and V’s. I was so sorry to hear V down with measles, but anyway hope she’s having a bit of a slack time for a change, anyway’s delighted to hear Em at last free from the beastly cold she had. Would you thank May very much from me for her last letter which I was delighted to get, when you next write. It was awfully nice you’re sending the little bit of lace for Madame & you must let me add my thanks to hers. She was very much pleased at the thought and has written a letter herself, which I sent off this morning, she has a very lively young daughter on whom the collar goes well I think. Certainly if ever I’m passing through here again I’ll know where to go for a good meal, she’s the same to all us chaps – officers & men – they say she’s more like a Mother – and although she’s a lot of work to do about the place, she’s still always looking out what she can do – and always jovial and ready for a joke as well as Mlle –
So glad Em’s chicken’s are doing well – here Madame has a hen that has just hatched out a brood of nice fluffy wee chicks! which for a few nights in the very cold weather were kept in the room near the fire.