June 21st. 1919
Majestic Hotel Alexandria
My dear old Elsie
I seem to be always on the move now. Soon after I posted my last letter to you I was ordered to go to Alexandria to see Army Headquarters about some details connected with the Regiment – principally about demobilization & reinforcements etc. I have had my interview this morning and am going to the Races this afternoon and back to Cairo by the night train. I was thinking of you this morning when walking along these wonderful shops and I was tempted to buy you a wonderful dressing gown in pink and embroidered by the ladies of the Harem here – also a string of Lapis Lazuli beads1 which are very hard to get now-a-days – please accept these with my fondest love and as a little thank offering for all you’ve done for me and especially for what youve been to me thro all these horribly [sic] years of war. I thought the beads would look best strung between your amber ones they will make the necklace a better length. But you must do as you like with them – only they are much more valuable than the amber beads. G.H.Q. told me today they thought that I should be on my way home with the jolly old cadre soon.
The Court of Inquiry in Cairo is going as well as possible for us – the native witnesses are getting tied into splendid knots – the old women are most amusing – they come and swear they were raped by the Tommies and go into minute details! I should have to blush if it wasnt all so horribly false – I hope I shall back a winner this afternoon but I never get much luck and these damned Egyptian jockeys wont ride “straight” and honest
Best love dear girl from Stan
1 The pink dressing gown and Lapis Lazuli beads are still in the family, 1998.
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Engaged in War – the Letters of Stanley Goodland 1914 – 1919
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