Letter to Rev. R.M. Laporte Payne 3 Mar 1916
2 Clifton Villas
Mar 3rd 16
In answer to your most welcome gift & letter to hand this morning I will promise you that I will carry same in my tunic. This Testament you have sent me is I must say the first that has been offered to me since I have been serving for my King & Country. I understand Sir from Mother that you had called in to see her whilst on your visit to Herne Bay which I do think is so kind of you. You had only been gone or I might say absent a short time when I arrived from Grantham.
I should so have much liked to have seen you as a few words of advice from you would be of great help at this terrible time of life.
We are on Earth today and gone tomorrow but where we do not know but do hope were there will be no contradictory statements as we have here on Earth to cause so much strife & animosity against all human creatures. I do think Sir that one man or woman soul is as good as the other if they have lived a true life whether here or abroad. I will close now thanking you once more for the New Testament. I remain