Feb 26, 1919.
Today I received 8 letters and one newspaper from you 5 from Sis, 4 from Don W, and 10 from 10 different persons. 27 in all. It was almost entirely back mail but was very welcome.
Was so glad to hear you had sent the underclothes & smokes. Was somewhat surprised to see that you were surprised at the condition of clothes. I supposed everybody knew that France was alive with vermin and that one cannot Sleep one night in a dug out without becoming inhabited at present I sleep without any clothes on so can keep my day-clothes clear since they can be washed but my blankets cannot. during the wind cold weather this was impossible.
Glad to hear you had sent some money. I hope you send some more before I go to England for I have not got much of a pay-credit and we get a 5 or 6 day leave in England.
When we get rid of our mules I am going to try and get a new outfit of uniform but ther is not much sense trying to before as th it will only get dirty again.
I think I would rather have you meet me in Halifax if you could beca if you could have the place in Truro all ready as I will be discharged in Halifax and given a passage to Truro to go on my own in a civilian train.
You asked me if any of the country reminded me of Canada. I haven't seen any country to touch Canada since I left it.
You said in one that before the Armistice you got a letter marked "Passed by Censor which had not been opened. Well that was because we were not allowed to seel them. It would be foolishness to seal letters and then open them all & seal them up again,
It was not until 3 weeks ago that they stopped censoring letters though we have been able to state our location since the Armistice.
I wrote you didn't I that I had been to Waterloo. We rode there in the morning and back at night. Saw all the monuments and the "Lion" and visited "Hugomont Farm", "Farm Mont. St.Jean","Belle Alliance," "Haie Sainte Farm". At Hugomont Farm the original Wall is there with the loopholes in it through which the English defended the place and the wall is all scarred from shot and cannon-balls. In the courtyard is the well in which are buried 300 English soliders. A lot were still alive when buried and Wounded and dead were thrown in the well together. We can see the "Lion" on the sky-line from here altogether I never knew what it was until I had been there.
Well Mother I think I'll have to close now.