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Private J.E. Henschel- American Mission- Motor Transport A.E.F. Reserve Mallet- France- October 13/1917- Dearest Mother- This is to be perhaps the last letter that I am allowed to write this month - so don't feel uneasy because you do not hear from me as regularly as before. From now on we are permitted to send but two letters a month - and those must not exceed two pages in length. It seems pretty hard - but if it makes the American army more effective - I suppose that we should not complain. The news that took a big part of the joy from life was gently broken to us upon our return to camp yesterday noon. Perhaps the regulation will be changed later. I am acknowledging now receipt of Dad's money order and tobacco from you. This is case my letter to Father does not go through. Will not waste valuable space saying "Thanks", you know how much I must appreciate the things. [paragraph symbol]. Also, I must ask you to let the people I am listing below know that I cannot continue writing to them and tell them the reason. With such limited chance to write - all of my letters belong at home. Walter Flory, Floyd R. Duncan, of Pierce City, Mo., Marian Warner and her mother, Brown Lehaenheit, the Athenaeum, Aunt Kate, Dr. Rogers (to whom I have written only twice) Miss Wynne (whom I promised to write but did not). Also Lucile Rockwell - 5207 Blackstone Ave., Chicago, who aske dyou for my address - and any others who may be interested. If you would
explain to them that I would appreciate letters more than ever - even if I can not answer them. I would be glad. I guess everyone will have to look to you and Father for information of me. [paragraph symbol] I trust that Berthold has recovered from his broken arm, and that the two sisters are all well again. Will you let me know of the location of my brothers Ramsey and Harvey and their addresses after they and their units arrive in France? It may be that these close restrictions are lifted after a bit, and I should like very much to communicate with them if possible. [paragraph symbol]. My work is about the same as always, and I continue in very good health. I cannot of course say any more for I wish to take no chanced on this being held up by censors. Above all, Mother dear, you must not worry over me. There is no more cause for alarm than if I were at school. Of course, it must be disappointing not to be able to to hear from me oftener, but really I suppose that that is not much to hear if it will help matters out any. We must all pay for Germany's excellent spy system, and this is but one way of paying. Our French equipment is rapidly being changed to American - even the food. Had bacon for breakfast this morning and corn syrup. You can't imagine how good it tastes after the usual cup of coffee. Expect to be completely re-Americanized soon, and it feels rather good to get back in the traces again. Am expecting again to receive the parcels which you have sent, had about given up hope. My love always goes home to you and Father, even if my letters cannot. Ned.
To- Mrs. L.H. Henschel. 3236 Euclid Avenue. Kansas City. Missouri. U.S.A.
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 13, 1917|
|Year Range from||1917|
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Henschel, James (Ned) Edward
World War I