Jan. 4, 1917
Dear Sister Mabel,
It is nearly dark so I have a candle burning away stuck up on a small tin box in our corner of the barn. Have just had supper -- bread, jam & a bit of tea -- the same as we have every night when we get anything. I have also changed my socks and put on pair knit (or supposed to be) by Amy Richardson, Georgeville, & came in a Xmas parcel from the good people of Georgeville.
Had a note from Lee Rollins the other day -- he is in France now. Perhaps it would have been a more happy life to have stayed at home but if none of us came out here nobody in Canada would have had much of a Christmas. Best regards to Mabel Holland!