Conservatoires in time of war
21st April 1919 (Frank Merrick)
Letter from Frank about his possible release and the signing of a Peace Treaty with Germany.
Credit: University of Bristol Library, Special Collections (DM2103)
My own darling Hope, Many thanks for your long welcome letter. I don’t yet know whether I shall be returned to Bury or not, but hope that we can discover before 22 May arrives. If returned there I might be kept a while. If we know beforehand that there won’t be an escort, I will be exceedingly glad to be fetched by you from here — if we know there will be one, a sight of Annie would be very welcome (but don’t let her come if it means rising in the small hours). Apart from her, I think it would be best to give the Wandsworth rendez-vous to no-one except those COs [Conscientious Objectors] who say they want to come. But regarding all this, I feel this further uncertainty – different dates have been suggested for the signature of Peace with Germany and the Chaplain here said to one of us here last week that May 11th was a likely date; it does not seem impossible that the signature of Peace may produce amongst other things an amnesty, and even if the amnesty were carried out sluggishly, we might get fired out a little before the 22nd. It is unwise to build any personal hopes on this, but equally unwise to make too elaborate arrangements of the 22nd.