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Catalog Number 1996.51.136CD
Object Name Letter
Accession number 1996.51
Description Full transcription of text follows:

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Private J.E. Henschel American Mission- Motor Transport- A.E.F. Reserve Mallet. France- February 11/1918- Dear Mother and Dad- Two letters from home came yesterday morning - and a few copies of the Star. I have fully recovered from the effects of a misplaced camion - have been back in the barracks since the sixth in fact. Since then - as further proof that I am again marked "Duty" - I have driven on two convoys, pounded rock one whole day, have been on numerous fatigue details, indulged in the delights of kitchen police, and give Dynamite the second a thorough bath with water and gasoline. Since then (this time, the infirmary visit) she had been driven a lot, and certainly needed one badly.

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What is the proper thing to say one the Junior Warden - or to him? "Congratulaions - Dad. Great Stuff; I always knew you had it in you." Seriously - I'm awfully glad to hear of your election, and feel quite "stuck up". The [ms illegible: 1 wd] things that's happened in the lodge for the good of the lodge in the almost-a-year of my membership. There couldn't have been a better choice. The pictures came through all right - as did that of both of you some time ago. Do you remember the little "photo-memory" book that came to me in a Christmas box from home? It is in use now holding the Kodak prints that come in your letters - so you must not stop sending them. Nothing is more welcome - except the letters themselves.

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We are not permitted to photograph anything of course, and cannot even send our own likeness through the mail. Hence I can not recipricate - not even with the Biarritz snapshots. Notice that Mother's letter of January second is numbered one - to start the New Year - and that her one of the eighth - also is most decisively minus a numeral." Like mother, like son" - but I lasted until about eleven or twelve. The last two days have been so beautiful that it's a delight just to be alive. Crispy - a sort of chilly-warm - just like one of our early spring days at home. Why even working greasy pan and picking spuds all-day yester-

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day was pleasant. I have been enjoying my self immensely. "Five minutes more for light" - A hateful sound. So I must close this in a hurry. ("Bob" Clark asks if I am writing a love-letter - as I am using his shelf. He calmed down when I assured him it was - and told him to whom - of course it is). Ned.

From the service of James E. (Ned) Henschel, Co. B Reserve Mallet--French Army, American Field Service, Quartermaster Corps, General Hdgts., and Motor Transport Co. 831.
Date February 11, 1918
Year Range from 1918
Year Range to 1918
People Henschel, James (Ned) Edward
Subjects World War I
Letters (Home)
Automobile driving
Freemasonry
Photographs