France March 9, 1918 My Dear Mother: No mail from you since Feb 16. and it has seemed such a long wait that thought I would just sit me down and write, although there is nothing really much to say. Have been out on rest for the past two or three weeks and have managed more time off than on the previous rest. This letter you see is the result of it. Spent last evening with Orvil who is billeted in the same town and attached to our outfit for [?] work while out on rest. He just came back from leave and as usual is looking well. Am glad to hear Marion is staying at home now. I often thought of the fact that you being home alone with so much to do and the consequent worry should it not be done, considerably affected your health. I also notice Marion has more time to write now and scribble on magazines etc, "horse for Andre". I cannot imagine those people as enjoying life now. Ive never yet seen the subject or object that Marion couldn't poke fun at and if I were as clever I should come back now and again with something. Had a letter from Aunt Maggie saying Aunt Susan had paid her a visit from Manchester. Was sorry also I couldn't arrange to go to Manchester on my last leave but found things somewhat difficult to manage as it was. To get off at Manchester just breaks the journey in [?] and add on the railway delay etc. You will see how it is. However when this war is over I'll think I will make a farewell call on all these good people. Had a letter from Orvil Elliott and one from Fred Sampson. Orvil tells me Fraser has called on him out here and is now for Active Service being with the same outfit. Jack Gooch was with Fred Sampson makes his third trip to France - once wounded and once gassed. Im going to try to see him as soon as possible. Walter Smith. Perhaps you will remember me speaking of him some years ago - has also arrived again - Quite a number of others I once knew are coming out again. Joe is still in England, convalescing. Had a letter from him and also his mother. They are all well. How is young Winnie Jackson and Edna Spence. Oh I had a letter from Lena Moorcroft telling me all about the home news. Well Mother will just draw this to a close as [?] nature draws the shades of day. With love to all Your loving Son John My ZamBuk is almost done.