Of all the agnostics, Meredith is the one that appeals to me most: but I’ve not read his poetry, which I believe has much more of his philosophy in it than his novels have.
P.S. I have just seen your appeal in the Hampshire Herald for L500 for a motor ambulance boat, in which you say the Red Cross have already sent us two such boats. All I can say is that nobody in this regiment has ever seen or heard of these boats: and they certainly have not been used for transporting sick and wounded either from Nasiriyah or from Kut. If they were in Mesopotamia at all, it is incredible that we shouldn’t have heard of them.
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October 22, 1915.
I don’t think there is any likelihood of Luly’s coming here. For one thing our battalion 1/6th is too weak to afford another draft at present; and even if it sent one there are many officers who would be asked before Luly. As a matter of fact we have just heard we 1/4th are getting large reinforcements from our proper resources, viz. 250 from 2/4th at Quetta and 50 from those invalided in the hot weather.
Your letter of September 5th arrived well after that of September 22nd.
I’m glad the —— are optimistic: if Belgians can be we should be able to. But I can’t help feeling the Government is lamentably weak and wanting in leadership: the policy of keeping the nation in the dark seems to me to be insane.
There is no news to report here. We still do very little work, but the weather is quite pleasant. I am very well.