D4769/3/13: July 16th 1918
My dear Parents,
Another fortnight has passed & it is “letter day” again. Things are looking up for me. I have now received two letters – one from you & one from “Lucy Rose Smith” much to my surprise. In addition I have received two lots of money & four parcels so that to a large extent I am independent again.
We have been having some very hot and sultry weather lately which in conjunction with the Influenza, has been rather trying. However we have had a break today in the form of a heavy thunderstorm which has cleared the air somewhat. It has been very bad for the numerous consumptives in the hospital & quite a number have not survived it.
I have had just a touch of home sickness the last day or two – possibly on account of my having had the “flu”. Generally I manage to keep in quite good spirits. The frenchmen with whom we live keep us alive – they are very gay & lively although the homes of some of them are in “occupied country” which in itself would act as a dampen on the spirits of most people.
Well, I don’t think there is very much more to say. It is difficult to find material to fill a letter when one day is so much like another. I wish you could have a peep at us for a moment! Four are playing bridge, three are asleep on their beds & the other two are writing letters, while the kettle is boiling away merrily on our excellent stove ready for tea!
Much love to you both