13 Aug 1944

My dear George

What a charming compliment to his Aunt Diana to arrive on her 30th birthday - and I forgot to mention that same anniversary when I wrote her a scrap last Monday Tuesday. Congratulations and thanks to Margaret and you and the little 'un. I am sure that George Christopher's great-great - great - and grandfather are all pleased to welcome this descendant of the fifth generation to bear the Royal name and don't let him forget that his great great great was a soldier under Farmer George.

I did not go to Tayvallich. Smab having persuaded her friend to stay on, my journey ceased to be necessary. She asked me because she had no-one in view and was nervous about being alone on the boat - very natural especially if the weather gets bad and there is no-one to help with the dinghy. However Joanna goes up there on Friday. I should not have been sorry to go, it is a lovely peaceful holiday.

We look forward to seeing you on 2nd Sep. I am afraid Vicar Webb has left you a big job. 8 and evensong at the Parish and 11 at St. Hildeburgh with 2 sermons. It will be a busman's holiday with a vengeance. When you come I will consult with you as to a suitable gift to mark today's great occasion. Meanwhile I send you Hamin's birthday and Christmas prez's to you. He wrote on 26 July and seems fit, his letter taking less than a fortnight to come.

Love and cheers to you all