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Private J.E. Henschel- American Missions- Provisional Co. "A"- Motor Transport A.E.F. Reserve Mallet- France- November 18/1917- Dearest Mother- Obtained church leave - and so ensured having time to write home. Your letter of October sixteenth was delivered yesterday - thereby raising me to the pinnacles again. Am pleased to know the things from Biarritz arrived; I had serious doubts as to whether it (the package) would get through. Hope that they did not charge you too much duty. We had a "show" at the Y.M.C.A. last night. The stunts - whether good or not - were at least diverting. The "talent" was remarkable. Baldrige - an artist pretty well known in the States did some sketches that were fine.
We attempted football Friday. The casualities were great - at least three being out of duty. It was a very enjoyable though somewhat gray hour. This afternoon we play another game. The Frenchmen can't conceive of there being any pleasure in such a game - but thank goodness Major- can. I read in a newspaper that turkey was being sent for the American forces in France - for Thanksgiving. Hope that the report is correct - and the Boche pick the wrong ship. It would make the dinner seem a little more like Thanksgiving at home. Some time ago I wrote a letter to Floyd Duncan (erstwhile
"Speed") and Friday he replied - not with a letter - but with a big package of tobacco an cigarettes - and I had not mentioned them to him - if I remember correctly. Isn't that just like Speed? I wonder just what he is doing now - and if he received his commission. Also - in the same mail I received a card from a boy at school named Davenport, who is now a lieutenant in aviation and a letter from one of my old professors who I thought had forgotten me completely. Needless to say all of this pleased me immensely - and to top it off your letter - which was far more important than the others - came yesterday. All kicks - grumbles - complaints etc, as
regards postal difficulties and disappointments are hereby recalled. Of course - it would be nice to be able to tell a little news - but that's obviously impossible; even diaries are "defendu" Unpleasant, but necessary. Please not a slight change in the address. I have to date received only one of your packages, the tobacco - and no newspapers - save those sent by you personally. So you must not trouble to send me things. Don't even bother for Christmas - save perhaps a letter. I will appreciate your thoughts just the same. My love to you and to Father. 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.
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Henschel, James (Ned) Edward
World War I