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Catalog Number 1996.51.136DI
Object Name Letter
Accession number 1996.51
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SAINT-AMAND, LE 24th of October 1918 Ma cherie- This is too good to hold over - so I am spending some most valuable moments sending it home. I'm preparing with great glee to spend the night on a bar room floor! Not in the proverbial stupor - however. It was only after a lot of persuading that the Madame could be inclined to permit me to unroll my blankets and claim a corner of her second-rate buffet. She only relented when I patted her cheek and told how wonderful and "gentile" she was. (she seems to be about fifty and decidedly the worse for wear - but quite delightful - like Dynamite). Such a lot of mail! Letters and pictures from Mother - a letter from Emmett - and from Ramsey and Harvey. To say that I was pleased last night would be to under-rate the sensation. It made the prospects of the convoy on which I started this morning less doleful, and at 5:30 I left my bon lit carolling gayly. (Too gayly, for another acting first sergeant who was not going along, hurled an iron-clad field shoe me -

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wards - without the warning specified at the Hague). This convoy is a three-day affair - in fact, a sort of holiday party - for right now is between schools. We go (or have gone) a long ways - go another long way - and return to camp. It occupies quite a few hours - but of course is not nearly so difficult or fatigueing as a convoy up front. For instance - we are really stopping at a town where there are still people, actually set up a stove and cooked a supper - of a sort. Also - I have the delights of a nice bar-room corner to look forward to - instead of a camion bed. And there are lights - and there is no probability of Fritz and his avions disturbing our peaceful slumber. In short - quite a convoy deluxe - in spite of the fact that my feet are wet. Only one fly in the ointment last night - and it was such a baby-fly that I ought not to mention it. There was a decided lack of letters from the Tregembas and from Winifred - (Mrs. Kenneth Gedney sounds so queer!) Still - maybe they will show up later, for the A.E.F. postal service is given to queer pranks. I have received letters from a couple of weeks after letters dated later. (The Madame has demanded that I finish this bientot and get to bed). Love - as always - 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.

Date October 24, 1918
Year Range from 1918
Year Range to 1918
People Henschel, James (Ned) Edward
Subjects World War I
Letters (Home)
Family
Sleeping
Beds
Mail