Topic: 20 November 1938: To Hazel from John Glen McCauley
In which John writes Hazel after receiving the newspaper cutting describing his father's death in Inglewood, New Zealand. Despite an attempt to escape, George was trapped in his blazing cottage and burnt to death in the fire.
C/- N.Z. House
415 The Strand
20 November 1938
Dear Haze & Andy,
Sorry my letters have been a little behind, but I’m damned if I can catch up. I’ll get a letter from you anyway I guess – I can imagine you’ve had a busy time with all the worry so hope you haven’t spent more time writing me a long letter, although I naturally like to hear.
It certainly was a bad business – I couldn’t realise what it meant for a long time – the cutting seemed worse than the cable. Anyway nothing can be done with words – I know what your thoughts will be, so I won’t upset you further.
I hope you like the enclosed – I’m hoping to dodge customs for you – not a very unusual present I’m afraid but rather nice I thought – I hope you do too. Saw Gracie the other night – absolutely super – what a show.
Well Haze and Andy, this is it – of a short and scratchy isn’t it, but the mail closes in the morning and I’ve all the others to write to, so please excuse – I just wanted to wish you both al the best for a jolly good Xmas and successful New Year. And not too many pints for Andy – tell him I’ve lost my style – 2 and I’m through!!
Love, John [handwritten].