Letter to Edith Collier from her brother Harry 24 December 1916

Harry Collier, Author

This is one of the letters in our collection. It was made in 24 Dec 1916. The place where it was made is unknown.
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Dear Ed,
I’ve been too mean about writing I let myself go too much imagining that people talk, but that won’t excuse me for not writing to you You would like to hear naturally of anything doing. I will try to give a brief description of the day of the test. We woke at half past four in the morning & I scrambled out of my bed [[illeg.] wooden mattress). It was an ideal morning clear & quiet and not a ripple of the water At half past five the Govt. Observers arrived & after tossing for places for order of flying we got at it. Sharland was first man & went through alright. Going was next (used to Captain Hetricks boats on the river) but he missed the mark badly in landing after making a distance flight in figures of 8. Cook was next he did alright – the wind was rising now and it didn’t look too bright for me. I found it jolly rough the air seemed to be [illeg.] & gusty on the figures of eight. I had to work like a [illeg.] to steer – I dived 30 & 40 ft at a time – once at 200ft in the air the machine sank to 50 ft of the water in a pocket in the air. Somehow all control puling of force under the control left her & down we went then when pressure came again I sailed up again to 200ft & made a good landing on to the mark. We discovered after I came in that the controls had worked through a poor [illeg.] After it was fixed I finished the test – On climbing for the [illeg.] I went up a 1000ft and had a nice view around the harbour, City, Onehunga, & both oceans. I felt something akin to a [illeg.] I chose a suitable landing spot – shut off the engine & came down – it took 63 seconds to come down.
It is a month now since passing I expect to be leaving early next month – we have to await orders to sail - from the Imperial Authorities – it is too late to wish you a merry Xmas. More important is I read you werent feeling well – “take” care of yourself Ed perhaps N Zealand would be a healthy spot for you to [illeg.] soon – with lots of love
Your affectionate brother
Harry X
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210 x 295mm
black and white photocopy on paper
Photocopy of a 2 page letter to Edith Collier from her brother Harry. It is handwritten in black ink and dated December 24, 1916. He apologises for not writing to her for a while and describes the flying test he took.
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Collection of The Edith Collier Trust, in the permanent care of the Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui.
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Circa 1985



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