my darling mary，
“many happy returns of the day.” this shd reach you on yr birthday the 15th： but if it comesearlier or later it carries with it the fondest love ofyr father. i have watched with admiration＆respect the career of distinction＆duty wh you have made for yourself during the hard years of thewar.ilook forward in the days that may be left meto see you happy＆glorious in peace. you are a gtjoy to yrmother＆me＆we are hoping that vy soon you will be living with us at chartwell andinour newhouse in london. it will be lovelyhavingyou with us.
here it is sunshine＆calm. ipaint all day＆every day＆have banished care＆disillusionmentto the shades. alex came＆painted too. he is vygood. monsieur montag is coming to comment＆guide me in a few days. ihave three nice picturesso far，＆am now off to seek for another. sarah iswriting you herself.
with all my affection
your loving father
winston s. churchill