Frederick Fox, item 85
- November 27, 2017 19:34:11 Thomas A. Lingner
Oct 3 1916 Thorn Mead,
I was very pleased to receive your letter after such a long interval, it must be months since I received a letter from you. This had been opened by the Census before it reached me I have got your papers from the last 3 weeks whole, for a long time prior to that I simply got parts of these principally adverts the last 3 weeks have come unopened but some time ago I must have being (sic) between 2 or 3 months without then I think I got about 6 in one day.
I have instructed the Weekly Telegraph to be forwarded to you for the next 3 months this being the only way that newspapers can be legally sent out of England I never see the paper myself but I think you will get as much information out of that as I should be allowed to send, Herbert sent you his photograph when he was in uniform but the letter was stopped and returned to him.
We are all very busy and shorthanded at the works but I have 8 men at present and a decent lot of men all the way round. 3 of them being men you do not know. The old sla?? Consists of Crowther, Harry Squires and Fll (sic) and the 2 boys. I have a firm conviction that this country is getting the mastery and only hope the end will come soon and that things will get back to normal although there are no indications when the end will be, Everybody here seems fully determined to see the thing through to a victorious finish and if at times one heres (sic) a regret expressed in regard to the existence of this turmoil it is due to the fact that their personal interests are affected in some way or other.
In respect to the amount of wages paid to your brother. The amount stated is quite correct providing he gets it he will probably find himself very often with less if his experience is same as others. The amount being subject to certain varying deductions. Universal Military Service has changed a lot of things and I believe much to the country's in some instances and not to the Individuals advantage. I do not know whether a call will be made on all males resident in neutral countries has (sic) the Continental powers have done although I have heard the question discussed this will undoubtedly depend to a great extent on the country requirements. I could give you a lot of industry information if I had ---- likely to discuss the present situation.
Still it is recognised on all sides that until better times arrive all the news that the British Public are allowed to know is that which is published in the newspapers and from what I have read in the New York Times and The American I think you are getting quite as full a report of the conduct of affairs as we are less of course that local knowledge which one gains from one's own observation and which if I included it in this letter would very probably not be allowed to proceed to its destination.
I am very pleased to hear that things are well with you and trust they will continue.