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June 22nd 1915 - Letter from Arthur Sladden to his father, Julius Sladden

22nd June 1915
Correspondence From
Arthur Sladden, No 9 General Hospital
Correspondence To
Julius Sladden, Seward House, Badsey
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Text of Letter

No 9 General Hospital


My dear Father

This letter should be just in time to convey good wishes for your birthday. I hope next year will find you as strong and well as this, and with a brighter outlook on affairs than now. I cannot see any reasonable prospect of the end of the war being in sight in under twelve months if then.

I was very glad to get Mother’s letter two days ago with news of George. I expect he finds opportunities for writing scarce.

We’ve been very busy here lately and I in particular; somehow a good proportion of the work seems to come my way.

I’m very interested in the new loan proposals outlined in the paper today; the scheme seems very ingenious, and I take it that with converted consols and old loans the government hope to get together anything up to £1,500,000,000.

The facilities for small investors will I hope prove popular and many a 5/- which would otherwise be economically lost in some species of luxury will I hope find its way to the Post Office for a voucher. If only the mass of the public take to the idea I should think the loan will reach very large dimensions indeed.

We have heavy thunder rain at the moment, I hope there is the same at home, for it must be needed for the crops.

I suspect house property sells poorly just now, and I wonder what those two old houses in Badsey will fetch. Much money has been spent on them and they must be worth a good deal now.

I shall be glad to have news of any Badsey men in the army. I get patients sometimes from the district, but not as yet from close to home. I noticed some weeks ago amongst a list of Flight- Lieutenants in the Navy the name of A G Innes – I expect that is my old school friend!

Has young Collier joined a regiment, or won’t mamma let him?

I was interested to hear of Aunt George’s activities, and they’re useful ones too, I’m sure. I think if her “lonely soldier” realises who and what she is he will appreciate the letters more than ever.

Are you planning to get away for a bit of a holiday later on? You ought to have a little change as the summer wears on.

With love to you all.

From your affectionate son

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Envelope containing 2 sheets of notepaper
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