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J.E. Henschel. Prov. Co. "A." American Mission M.T.D., Am. E.F. Convois Autos Par B.C.M. July 14th 1918- Dearest Mother- The French "4th" has just about ended - and as did the American - finds me writing a letter home. I have read somewhere that one ought not to write letters at night for then he never says what he should and always puts down a lot that would never stand sober daylight. It's a case of "now or never" - so pardon the "shouldn't" and imagine the "should". A big pile of mail caught up with me - including letters from you and Dad (including the Albuquerque one as latest) Marian W- and one from Harvey. Marian has been a very faithful correspondant. Also - 41 copies of the Star. I am enclosing Harvey's letter - although I suppose that by now you heard from him directly. You see - he is enjoying the saxophone (even if perhaps his friends may not). I wrote him today and am enclosing the letters from home. Don't suppose that he will get his own letters regularly for a time yet. Hope that he can stay at Limoges for from all I can hear - it is a mighty nice place. There may be a chance for me to see either Harvey or Ramsey which would be fine; I certainly intend to try my "durndest". The hardest thing is to find out where one is over here. For
example - "H" Clay - I'd give a lot to see him - and if I could only let him know where I would be sometime - he could very easily get over - for the air force get frequent leaves. They have it coming - if anyone has. Glad Phil made the Presidio. Good for him! I hope he comes out a full-fledged Colonel. He should be warned while there is time to run if he hears M.T.D. The "Colonel" reminds me - You mentioned requests. Excellent. Am enclosing a request signed (I trust) by the highest commanding officer with whom I can ever get in touch. You see, being more or less separated, as we are, from the Americans, we have no such being as a regimental commander. Except on paydays, the highest we ever see is a 2nd lieutenant, and they pay master is but a captain. Except for the head of the transport service who is located at - well - considerably out of reach - we have no high officers. It's sad but true. Therefore - I am now reconciled to receiving no packages from home, unless I can make some arrangement with friend Nina is not only a civilian, but a might good friend as well. She sent me a big package of chocolate the other day. A note come from Fred Shields a time ago. Thanks for the address. Can you or Dad tell me "Ken" Gedneys address. I really must close, as it is very late. Love as always- Ned. Give my love to Aunt Kate and Uncle Henry.
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