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Catalog Number 1994.41.17
Object Name Letter
Accession number 1994.41
Description Full transcription of text follows:

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Rec in [Kansas City] [February] 11 Oregon [March] 4 Verdun [January 12, 1919] Dear Mother & Others Ihavent had any news from home for some time so I am just a little worried - Hope none of you have the influenza and I also hope that if you should get it that you dont try to keep me from knowing. We got into Verdun last night and thank goodness we are still in our

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little box cars and Ihope we can stay in them and if we are ordered to the coast any time soon Iwant to go in them as it is mighty nice to have a bed roll and cot to sleep on. Ihave been reading Vanity Fair for several nights and have enjoyed every page of it. I saw it among a lot of books that we got hold of heaven only knows where and I read all the others and finally had to start on Vanity Fair for lack of anything else to read. strange that Ihad to get in the middle of no mans land before Icould settle down

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and read a really good book. Well its raining as usual I’d like to see some of this sunny France we read so much about - Ican see alright where they have a right to call her Bleeding France - but sunny - never- but perhaps Im in the wrong part of her. I got hold of some chocolate to day. tho little cakes you cant imagine how welcome

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that chocolate was to us I think Ive been hungry for chocolate for about six weeks The box you wrote about has failed to show up - guess it will be coming in one of these days - any way it is something to look forward to but I’d lots rather have a letter sometimes I wish Icould change my name - as there are so many Davis’s that one never knows when his stuff will be mixed with some body of the same name. Brunsworth went over to see Burruss today

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and wanted me to go along but Ididnt want to as Ihad some stuff to attend to here am pretty near has to see to any thing he wants done personally as these niggers are sure to get things mixed more or less. Isuppose we will be in Verdun for sometime but of course we can never tell about that -

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Once more let me ask you did you get the allotment please answer that question if you dont do anything else and answer it in very letter until I tell you to stop. 3 months allotment is due - [October] [November] [December] $216 all told it is important that I know about this for if it hasnt been paid Iwant to get it straightened out with the pay master as soon as possible. guess there isnt anything more to write that is important or of interest Hope you are all well - Iam - and if you arent let me know Love to all Jim Lt JR Davis M.S. 816 Pioneer Inf.

From the service of James Robert Davis, M.D., Medical Corps, 816th Pioneer Infantry Division.
Date March 4, 1919
Year Range from 1919
Year Range to 1919
People Davis, James Robert
Subjects World War I
Letters (Home)
Reading
Weather
Books
Influenza
Money
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