France, June 9, 1916
Miss Edna Chapman
Dear Miss Chapman,--
You will most certainly be surprised to receive this missile but I trust that a word of explanation will serve to dispose of your consternation. It is this. Today a box of candy came to C.D. Richardson from yourself. As Dick was unfortunately wounded in the recent fighting he was not here to receive it. As the post office will not return such articles on account certainly of destination etc. I as a friend of Dick's have received the parcel. I am sorry that I could not forward it, but under the circumstances I have done all that I could by acknowledging having received it and assuring you that the contents were most delicious.
I am a friend of Dick's of several years standing and was with him in the trench when he was wounded. He got out safely and I think that I may assure you of his speedy recovery. His wound was not considered at all dangerous. I may tell you further that he was a true courageous soldier and would insist upon me allowing him to use a rifle even after he was wounded.
He will very likely let you know where he is now located so that you may communicate with him.
Thanking you on Dick's behalf I am
475306 F.W. Crawford