May 20, 1916.
Yours of recent date reached me safely. As you see we are still in Halifax, but expect to leave shortly, although not for the other side. We are to go to Aldershot near Kentville to go under canvas for a while and probably our next move will be toward England. Perhaps you know that Aldershot is one of the regular training camps. Between six and seven thousand troops will be there this summer, so we will have a pretty lively time.
You will have to excuse the pencil but I havent anything else to write with. I have been in the hospital since Monday with an attack of mumps. A great many of our fellows are down with them just now. My face was a pretty good size for a few days but the swelling is nearly all gone now and I feel fine. I expect to be out about Tuesday or Wednesday.
Well, spring is on us now and things are looking better. Looking back on the winter I think I had a pretty good time although we did guard work in some very cold weather. I had a letter from home yesterday and everybody down there are busy cropping. The fishermen also are busy.
I enclose a clipping from the Chronicle regarding recruiting which may be of interest to you.
How are you getting along with the little girl from Springfield that you met in the train? I'll bet you had a good time.
As far as I know Harold Strople is still in England. The 64th wasn't ready for the front when they left here and intended to train over there for quite a while.
I want to write some more letters, so I'll stop here. I can't give you my next add. but if you don't hear from me again before you write send it to 30 Kent St. Halifax and I'll get it alright.