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Date: April 18th 1916

218th O. Battallion C.E.F.
No. 2 Coy. Orderly Room
Edmonton, Alta.

 April 18th, 1916

 Dear Mother,

 Shall try to answer your very welcome letter which I got last night.  I am doing this in duty hours but there is not any thing to do just now so I though that I might as well make the best of the time and write to you.

 I shall send you $100.00 with this.  This is considerably less than I thought that I owed you and I would like to send you more now but you know that I owe Earl a lot and he needs the money, so I think it is my duty to be just before I am generous.

 I have been here in the Orderly Room most of the time since I came in for duty.  Have been trying to get a transfer to the 66th so that I could go with Will but have not got there yet and they say that the 66th is leaving next Saturday.  One of the captains told me last Thursday that I was transferred to the 66th and they took a list of the things I had had issued to me, but that is as far as it has gone.  So I am not sure yet that I am going to go with Will’s Batt.

 This Battalion is moving to new quarters today and I expect that we will be pretty busy in a little while.  In fact there is a couple of jobs waiting for me now so I guess I must stop and get at them.  Shall try to write to father before I leave if I go with the 66th and soon if I don’t.

 I hope that you are all well and that you will have a pleasant Easter with Cecil at home.

 Your Loving Son.