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Private J.E. Henschel- American Mission. Motor Transport A.E.F. Reserve Mallet. France- January 15/1918- My dear Friend- The package containing the "knee-ups" came today as a delightful surprise - even though I know that they were on the way. Now see - after a certain indefinite period a time has passed, we give up packages as lost - so you see - I was doubly pleased when my name was on the list today. It was mighty good of you to knit them, the "knee-lets" or "caps" or whatever they ought to be called. I certainly appreciate your going to so much trouble for me - and am certain that they will be might useful.
[Page 2] Also - herein should be included an apology - in the interests of strict honesty. The suggestion in my letter to Mother was more or less of a joke - at first - and I did not really believe that it would be taken seriously - but as things have turned out, I am mighty glad that it was regarded in that light. I had seen so many "wristlets" and read so much about them - but the other thing was something unknown to me, at least. The only thing that I was certain of was that my knees were about the coldest part of me when driving on a cold day - not my wrists. Hence - my horribly poor attempt at
[Page 3] humor. Now that you have been so thoughtful of me. I feel just a little ashamed of myself. You understand? I am mighty glad, however, that "knee-lets" actually appeared - for the pair sent from [Kansas City] have already proven of great value. You won't think me too selfish for keeping both pair? We had a beautiful day today - the first for many week. If this weather keeps up - my only trouble - a rather annoying cold - will possibly become only a memory. That seems really too much to hope for. Our work remains much the same as it has always been - its chief char-
[Page 4] acteristic being usually enough to go around. Which is best for everyone concerned for idleness for any length of time does not improve dispositions at all. More than this and that it is usually interesting - is about all that I am permitted to say about the work. I am afraid that this will not prove a very interesting letter. At best, all that I can hope is that it will take with is just a little of my extreme gratitude for your kindness to me. If it does that - I shall be more than pleased. Sincerely your friend - Ned. (My Regards and best wishes to Emmet).
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||January 15, 1918|
|Year Range from||1918|
|Year Range to||1918|
Henschel, James (Ned) Edward
World War I