Hale, Robert

Letter
Date:
August 22, 1917
To:
Alice
From:
Robert
France
22/8/17

Dear Alice,

Many thanks for your nice letter dated July 30, 1917 and also that photo of us at Wier. I was thunderstruck when that fell out of your letter and needless to say, delighted. That snap of Harold and you is fine also the one of Verdun swimming pool. I am glad you liked those postcards I sent when I was in hospital. I have enclosed one in this letter which does not need much explaining. Compare this last photo of me and that one taken at Wier and tell me if you can notice any change in me. Oh, by the way, Alice, do you remember one Sunday we were out taking photos and you took one of me. I had that brown suit on and a straw hat. I had a branch of a bush in my hand. Well, if you can find that film, I would very much like to have one of those pictures one of you and one of me. I had them once but when I was wounded last year, I lost them. Do you know Alice this is a beautiful evening and a stroll around Nuns Island or one of those nice walks at Wier would be perfect. Do you remember that Saturday evening when we had had tea on the island and a windstorm came up and we had such a rough time getting home? I was thinking of that a few nights ago. It seems so long ago to me to look back to those days. Does it seem so to you? I guess you are right Alice about Syd. He is a good fellow without doubt, and my pennies will serve a good purpose when the happy day comes. Dear Alice, the passage in your letter referring to Mr. And Mrs. Greenwood touches me very much. I can imagine the nice home. I had thought that whole plan out Alice for myself and had it all cut and dried before the war. I believe Alice that if all had gone well, as it should have done, nobody would have had a nicer home that the one I had planned. But then came that rift in the lute. I guess I was to blame chiefly but perhaps not wholly. Never mind. Perhaps things can be adjusted. When this war is over I am going to settle down and never wander again. I've seen all I want to see and traveled far enough. Won't you tell me some of the messages T. Greenwood gave you for me? It will do no harm you know and sometimes out here, we have lots of time to think things over. Do you think you will heed the advice he gave you when you find the right man and have you any idea when that is likely to be? I ask that because I suppose I will loose you as a chum to a certain degree. Will I? Yes, I guess the boys in camp do miss their home comforts but they will get used to it in time. It will be hard for a while. Well Alice I guess I'll have to close now as time is getting on and I have some work to do. I could continue to write to you now for hours. It seems as if I were talking to you tonight. Give my regards to all at home and best wishes to you. I am coming home to Canada some day Alice. As soon as possible.

Good night from

Your friend forever
Bob
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