Bringing it up to date
Laurence's descriptions of the horrors of war sit alongside his statement that German and French troops were prepared to do deals to avoid killing each other. Often, people on different sides resolve their differences without warfare, although this often happens behind the scenes and receives less attention. Today, the Quaker United Nations Office provides spaces for representatives of different countries and viewpoints to meet on neutral territory (www.quno.org), without abandoning its own Quaker principles.
Five days after his previous letter, Laurence wrote to his mother. The letter was cut short as his colleague Philip Baker was leaving for England and offered to take the letter with him.