Eastman - Fenwick Family Papers, 1860-1980

Edward G. Fenwick Letter, 1917 October 29

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The Chateau
October 29, 1917,
France.
 
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Dearest momsie. I received your letter of Oct 7. It is the only one I have had for two weeks. I hope you get some of my mail soon. There must be terrable [terrible] congestion at the sea ports. Some of the mail is almost bound not to get to you. There are as many as four of five letters in a mail so if anything happens to the mail slip you lose or rather miss quite a little news and some few letters.
 
I am feeling fine and don’t get very home sick. Only once in a while. I sure do miss you momsie dearest.
 
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It is getting rather cold over here now so I wish you would hurry up my coat and socks.
 
Wish you would try and get hold of a pair of fur gloves as it is very cold driving. Tell
Charlie he dosen’t [doesn’t] know what a lucky dog he is enjoying all the luxeries [luxuries] he does. I certainlly do wish I could go on a good old hunt with him. I sure do congratulate him on his football captaincy and prominence at school.
 
I certainly would like to see you all for a few days. You do not have to send my mail to “The War Department.”
 
Just to U.S.A.A.S. American
 
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Expeditionary Force France Sect. 17. Va. Arrange it the way you usually do on an envelope.
 
Please send the things as soon as you can. I got the brown sweater from Cousin Dora alright and it sure is a peach.
 
I am going to write you as often as I can momsie dear. Tell dad I haven’t forgotten him by any means. I got Louise’s letter of Aug. a few days ago.
 
Love to all and write as often as you can, all of you. Tell dad to write me when he gets time.
 
Love from your own Buzzy
P.S. We have the blue envelopes
 
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I told you about in my last letter. I received six letters from you yesterday the latest the 8th of October. I have already sent you a letter asking for a sheepskin coat and a pair of fur gloves. Have not received the socks you sent as yet. Today is Nov. 3. I surely do look in expectation for your letters and I love and treasure every one of them.
 
The temptations [(] I should not say temptations because I feel confident myself [)] are terrable [terrible]. Especially in reguard [regard] to the street walkers. Going downtown I was stopped five times by women. Do not ever worry about me momsie dearest as it makes
 
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Me sick at heart to see them.
 
Tell all my friends to write as often as they can. I haven’t heard from Warren, Joe, Cecil or any of them since I have been here. You are my real girl after all. After seeing as much as I have been a fellow almost makes up his mind to be a bachelor and live with his mother. Especially if he happens to be blessed with one half as sweet as mine.
 
Kiss little Catherine on each little rosy cheek for me. Tell that old bum Charlie I sure would like to see his scrall [scrawl] once in a while. Send me Va Louis address as I would like to drop her a line in Richmond.
 
I have a wonderful little car and she sings along the road like a bird.
 
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Tell Charlie not to enlist under any circumstances next spring until he has looked around ^ as he is only 17. Tell him to get dad to take him to see Sinatar Martin and Mr Carlin. In the meantime I will keep my eyes open for any good opening if he insists on coming.
 
You know I love you better than anything in the world and I keep you and your feelings constantly before me as my ideal. Your are everything in the world to me momsie so don’t worry about me. We are all in God’s hands so really we need not have any fear. Tell dad his little testiment [testament] is a peach and a great comfort. Here’s all the love in the world to the dearest momsie that ever was. Love to all,
 
Just your buzzy.
 
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