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Patullo Family Letters

Letters from James Burleigh Pattullo and George Robson Pattullo Jr. to their father George Robson Pattullo. Learn more.

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BC Archives MS-1188

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battle stuff, unless something tremendous breaks--just plain, homely stories that will bring the man with the pack and rifle close to the people on this side. Of course that is what I have done, mostly, anyway. I am to be their sole representative with the A.E.F. this winter. Will Irwin will be sent from France--where he now is--to England; Sam Blythe is coming home ; Cobb will not go over again (Mr. L. said his stuff didn't pan out very well); Elizabeth Frazer will stay, but at what we don't know as yet; I am to carry instructions for her. Mary Roberts Rinehart wanted to go for the Post, but Mr. L. couldn't see her at all. He likes her short stories immensely, but thinks she's a rotten article writer. Trouble is that Mary's head is swelled and she gravely preaches at the nation whenever she gets into print.

My terms are an improvement on what they were last trip, and all expenses. I ought to make about two thousand more this time than I did the other. Have also a book to do for the George Doran Company. Lots of work ahead, but I'll manage it somehow.

It would have been very unwise for you to come here, even had my plans permitted us to spend a few days together. The influenza epidemic has been very severe. They were going off so fast in New York and Philadelphia that families had to carry their dead to the cemeteries in automobiles, for lack of hearses, and dig the graves themselves. Finally they put steam shovels to work and simply dug long trenches, as on the battlefield. In view of all this, I wouldn't have liked to take the responsibility of inviting you to come, for should you have contracted the trouble, I would never have forgiven myself.

BC Archives MS-1188 Box 1 File 4 PATTULLO, George Robson, 1845 - . Woodstock, Ontario Selected letters from his son George R. Pattullo Jr., 1917-1918.

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