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New Britain
29th December 1914

Dear Legge;

I was very pleased at receiving your note of 25th ultimo by the "Eastern".  Of course I know you can have very little time just now for private correspondence, therefore I appreciate all the more the time you have devoted to me in writing.

I am sending you herewith, copies of despatches I have posted by same mail to The Minister, and will continue to do the same in the future.  Please get someone to le me know what are missing, and I will supply you with copies.

The dates of those I have sent are 26th Septr., 4th, 16th, 17th, 21st, 27th and 28th October, 13th and 28th November, 11th and 15th December.  In future I will number them for ready reference.

I have endeavoured to keep The Minister fully informed on every conceivable point, and, therefore, at the risk of worrying you write every possible opportunity.

I am also enclosing herewith, a copy of a screed in explanation of my "Terms of Capitulation", which seemed to me to be necessary, and I should be glad to be favored with your candid opinion, as a Soldier, for my strictly private information.

I have had rather a difficult row to hoe, and have doe my best, and I can only hope my best has been good.

What a splendid command Bridges has; he must be a proud man.  But what good work Australia has done, and the Staff in particular, in organizing such an Expedition in so short a time.

Tommy Watson, Paton and Heritage wish to be remembered to you.

With very kindest regards.
Yours sincerely

(Sgd.) William Holmes, Colonel.

Colonel J.G.Legge, C.M.G.,
Chief of the General Staff,

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