23 June 1922

Hotel d'Angleterre, Montana-sur-Sierre, Switzerland

I long to see you. You will tell me how you would like us to arrange it. Would England be the more satisfactory rendez-vous? There is a through train from here to Calais. And by the end of July, even, I shall not think anything of the journey. Perhaps Chaddie will tell you I have attached Ida B. to me as a kind of body-guard. It's not possible to get on without some one and "she is faithful, she is kind", as no one else could be.
   Jack and I are very busy working. I am hard at a short novel which is to appear serially in the Sphere this Autumn. I am rather behind-hand and am making up for lost time in these favourable circumstances. After that I am bound by contract to hand over a new book this (late) Autumn. Thank God for work, say I!
   We were very interested to read in the New Zealand papers the news of your retirement from the Bank. I cannot imagine how they will get on without you; I feel that your reports were the cornerstone of the entire business.  [To Harold Beauchamp, 21 June 1922.]