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Catalog Number 1994.41.5
Object Name Letter
Accession number 1994.41
Description Full transcription of text follows:

jdavis_0005_0001

Dear Mother. Was mighty glad to get your letter. It is hard for you all to be with out your Doctor but that the condition all over the country. Manning doesnt need to crow any and I’ll tell you why. He is stuck right there until the war is over in all probability and whats more he’ll have a world of paper work to do. (Reports so called red tap which isnt that at all when you really know what all these reports are for and all he does in interns work while any of us that get this grind have a chance to be sent over. It may be France Russia Italy or any old place

jdavis_0005_0002

This is a hard grind and after six weeks of it there isnt a man of us really prepared for the duties before us. Iam glad Iam not a Captain as I’d want more time to understand this game and they expect something from a Captain tho the truth is most of them havent any thing on any of us. Thanks for the check from now on when any thing is due on those bonds cut them and keep the change for some extra dainty you may want

jdavis_0005_0003

I know it must be lonesome for you and Ethel especially since Wayne is married. but after all it seems as tho life is just one long lonesome period that we have to spend here - and a few more things to be lonesome for doesnt make a great deal of difference. It is lonesomeness that causes us to do a lot of foolish thing that we regret the rest of our lives. well any way such a sermon wont do any good so I’ll change the subject. No we dont drill Sundays we rest and hope that

jdavis_0005_0004

we can do enough of it to last until the next Sunday. To day we drilled two hours had lectures until 3 - and hiked until 4 50 and what Imean is we hiked about six miles in an hour and 35 minutes with a rest period of 15 minutes guess you’d better look in my wardrobe trunk and send me those flannel pajamas and the boots that are up stairs stuff the pajamas in the boots thing Ican have the boots cut down and use them alright unless they should send me to France right away which isnt likely

jdavis_0005_0005

Tho you never can tell. Yes the visit we had in Denver will be as long as I live the one really bright spot in my life during the last few years. I have never enjoyed a visit with you or any of this family like I did that one, and I often think about it Have a lecture to attend a 7 so must close. Love to both James [September] 24 1918. Co 39

From the service of James Robert Davis, M.D., Medical Corps, 816th Pioneer Infantry Division.

Date September 24, 1918
Year Range from 1918
Year Range to 1918
People Davis, James Robert
Subjects World War I
Letters (Home)
War
Money
Family
Military life