The plum pudding was brought in in a beautiful blaze

TCD MS 10247/1/831 folio 5 recto

TCD MS 10247/1/831 folio 5 recto

[13 April 1917] was such a perfect day yesterday that I went out for a walk right away after lunch and by the time I got back it was time to set off for the town.

I just got your letter of 12th a short time ago – certainly three days from Ireland seems truly wonderful – the postal organisation must be a perfect marvel.

The little book is a real pleasure – I haven’t had time to look at it much, but certainly it seems a delightful thing to have. [Edward Howell Being and Doing] I shall certainly have it with me wherever I go.

Well as I said yesterday we had a little dinner – I don’t <know> if I told you that about half the course are Canadians – and we are in two Messes – Canadians in one and Imperials in the other – with the exception of myself who am in the Canadian Mess. The dinner was given by the Canadians to the rest including the School staff, a Captain and two Lieut instructors. I think it was a great success. There were 7 courses and plenty of drinks etc! One course consisted of plum pudding, which was brought in in a beautiful blaze and continued to burn as it was being handed round. Certainly the Canadians all <are> a real goodhearted, jolly set. There is one great chap – his name is Ireland and he’s a Scotch Canadian – you’ll