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France 4 Aug 1916

Dear Lindley

You see where we are. I enclose a document which is historical so far as I am concerned & certainly marks an epoch in my life -

After a month's warning we eventually got 24 hours notice & after travelling south to a seaport reached this shore by an interesting crossing which lasted about 7 hours. It is really a pity I can't tell you anything of that crossing for it was one of the most interesting experiences of my life - It showed me to complete effectiveness and systematic vigilance of our navy as no words could do.

It showed me something of the same kind with regard to the French maritime authorities - It showed me also something of the supreme confidence felt by the French.

Just fancy the Germans were actually in this place at one time though they say none of them left it yet the place is brilliantly lighted