Pte. A. Smith
3rd Essex Regt
Feb 10th 17
Thank you very much for your interesting letter. I was pleased to receive it as I began to think they were being lost not getting any since I have been here until Thursday.
Well what do you think of this wintry weather? I shall be jolly glad when the warm weather comes. I had to be in the fashion with colds but it is much better now.
I am glad they are all well at Queen’s Park. Does Sid still like the army. I suppose Albert was home at the same time that was rather fortunate; how is he getting on I guess he will be jolly glad to get back to his old job again?
I had a letter from Albert the other day. What did you think of the photo is it any good? I have not seen one of that yet.
I have been doing a bit of scheming since I have been here. I managed to escape two drafts but was caught properly on Friday could not see any way of getting out of it. I do not know where we are booked for or when we are going but it will probably be on Wednesday so I should like to have a few lines from you before then just to know you are all well.
I hope you will excuse the decorations but the pen is a bit of a rotter it is taking a long time to dry & there isn’t any blotting paper about.
Well I think I must finish now am going to see what the pictures are like this evening.
Hoping you are all enjoying the best of health.
I suppose you have not been doing any skating this winter.
With much love
This letter is written in ink and has many ink splats over the pages.