Inscribed on first letter:
Dear General Sims
They put my leg in splints at Wandsworth
& I got back here in a taxi/& after a long day
with it resting
I retired for the night/when the Steward took/off my trousers for me/
Coming downstairs isn't so/bad -
but after breakfast in the /lavatory I find things/awkward./So far for the bulletin today.
Munnings had repeated problems with gout, and it is thought that these drawings may be connected with an attack he mentions in late 1918: 'My first knee trouble happened after returning from France towards the end of the war in 1918. I had been laid up at the Chelsea Arts Club with this painful visitation for two weeks' until the news on which the abdication of the Kaiser came, on which 'I forgot the gout''.
Elected to the Chelsea Arts Club in 1913, but expelled in 1920, Munnings first met General Sims in 1918, when invited, on behalf of the Canadian Government, to go to France to paint the Canadian Cavalry Brigade in action. This limits the letter's date to 1918-1920.