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Date: August 18th 1916
James Fargey

Aug 18/16

My Dear Mother,

I rec two letters yesterday from you. One dated July 27th and 38th. They both came the same day. I rec the two dollar bill in the last letter and the other four dollars you sent before and wish to tahnk you very much. You need not send me any more because I have plenty and it is no use in and out of the trenches with you.

I suppose you have seen in the papers of Corp. Milson's death. It was in the 9th brigade trench mortar.

So Cecil is working hard on the farm now. I suppose he will be a farmer when I get back. So you have [?] Smith working for you, Cecil and him will be some pair alright but I guess Cecil does quite a bit of work alright.

Very sorry to hear of the hail and those who got hailed out.

We were inspected by Sir Sam [?] today and he spoke a few words of cheer. He is inspecting all the Canadian troops who are over in France. The fouth Canadian Division is over in France now but I haven't seen any I know yet. Harold Martin is in the 75th Batt and they are around somewhere.

How is Aileen getting along with her music? So Frank and Cecil went up to Brandon Fair and how did Cecil like it? Tell him to write me and tell me all about it as I always like his letters.

I was very sorry to hear of Mrs [?] death. It was rather sudden but she hasn't been well since she had that fall. It is too bad about Arthur William son being sick but glad to hear that he is better. I had a letter from Mr Fanyon before we went into the trenched last time I wrote to him a couple days ago but addressed the letter to Elva but I suppose he will get it anyway. I hope the place they are moving to a better place than the last one.

You will certainly miss the standing family in church over Sunday school work. I hope Cecil has better luck with his corn than I had and Aileen will have to feed her club chickens up good to make up for the few she has.

I saw Jack Nicholson last night. He is looking fine and in good health.

Well Mother this is about all the news I have this time. All the boys are well. It is nearly bedtime and breakfast comes rather early and when we are out we try to get as much rest as possible. We had a bath this morning and a clean shirt. Well Mother I am going to read my chapter [?] tonight; you remember those [?] you sent me some time ago and I have read all the chapters several lines and they are all fine chapters. And if you would send me a few more.

With love to all
From you loving son

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