My Dear Auntie
I just want to thank you so very very kindly for the sympathy & kind wishes you so sincerely expressed in your latest & most welcome letter of Dec 1st & which only reached me to-day.
Our whole beings thrill with the great kindness & spirit you have conveyed to us so many times through your mail from "home". It makes things so much easier for us at the front when we know the friends & people at home are so much behind us. I fear my letters are always, of a more or less monotonous strain to you Auntie. I do hope you can understand our position here with the strict censorship so active with our mail.
But we have been in almost every one of the big "scraps" that have taken place since we first came out & there are few of my old comrades left now. But rather than give in under such sorrowful mishaps we are all "spurned" on to try & avenge them a terrible thought quite probably for you but it is strange how awful callous a person becomes in time.
Most of us are anxiously awaiting to hear of the "Americans" getting into action to some extent to relieve our gallant "French" comrades at last.
I often hear from Home Father, Violet & Bill taking turns in writing & are all keeping quite well.
Well Auntie it is getting cold & late & my candle is also very low so please pardon me for closing so abruptly. I most sincerely hope & pray that you & Uncle Henry, Edith, Daisy & all the others are all keeping in the very best of health & spirits.
Pardon my awful scratching.
Your Loving Nephew
91239 021st C.F.A