March 5th, 1917 Letter to Winnie

Studio Building, Severn St. Toronto
March 5, 1917
Winnie Trainor, Huntsville

Dear Winnie

I hope this letter finds you well. I’m sorry I haven’t written you sooner but I have been busy painting these past few weeks. I have got quite a bit done. I don’t go out much and I try to avoid the crowds in case I meet up with unfriendly folk that want to make a show of someone that should be fighting overseas. I’ll be happy to leave the city. I am planning to go up in the spring as soon as possible.
Thank you for the socks. As for Joyce, I’ve read his stories in the magazines. I should read his book. Can you bring it with you to Canoe Lake? I’ll check the cottage and will write you if there is any problem. This War is rotten. It’s having a toll on Jim MacDonald. His wife is sick and Jim looks like a shadow of himself. Jim tried to convince me to submit to the O.S.A Spring Exhibition but I decided not to.
With all the snow and cold I doubt the ice won’t be out until May and you probably won’t make it to the cabin until Victoria Day. I’ll write you when I arrive a Canoe Lake.

Affectionately yours,