Ayer, Mass. Wed. Morning 1917
I have neglected you shamefully this week, but we have been doing so much horseback riding all this week that I've been pretty tired every night. We ride mornings and afternoons now. We surely are having it shoved right to us. Today (Friday) thank god, Washington was born, and thusly we have a holiday. I can get my buttex(?) eased up a little. This noon I am going to have dinner with Elwood Ward at his barracks. The dinner is to be turkey so he says, so I am starving myself so I can eat a lot. I am writing this letter at the K. of C. building and it's so cold everywhere that I'm nearly forzen to death.
Win, I thank you a thousand time for that Smileage Book. It's the first one I have seen. It will com ein might useful. Last Monday night Bill Dineen[?], Red Damon and myself to a Koeth;s vaudeville five-act show at the Liberty Theatre here at camp. It was corking and I enjoyed it immensely. After the show we had a feed.
Tonight I expect to go to the Y.M.C.A auditorium and see the Ben Greet Players present the "Merchant of Venice", all for ten cents admission. I expect Charles and Mr. Coffey up here Sunday for the day if it's pleasant.
Mother writes me that she has sent you my grey suit. When I was home Sunday we were talking about it, and I told mother she had better send it to you right away, so you could use it. You want to have it made to fit you and it's practically new. It will help you out a lot, I think. By the way mother and I enjoyed Sunday so much last week. I suppose she has written you about us having dinner with the Barnards.
Win, I was mighty glad to hear of your good marks in your exams. I knew you would make good. I am so pleased that you are on the Dean's Honor List. Now for your final big drive, and then, it's up to you. Mother is tickled to pieces almost, by your showing, and I can't blame her a bit.
I'm in hopes to get home agian in about two weeks, and I certainly hope so.
I guess I have no more to say this time, only that I'm nearly frozen to death. Loads of love to you dear brother and many thanks again for the Smileage Book. I am find and dandy.
Your loving brother
[Note: Date of 1917 at top of letter is most likey an error.]
[Don't understand the use of "Today (Friday)" in the first paragraph.]
[Smileage Books were coupons one could buy and send to a serviceman. A coupon was a theater pass. Google smileage book for more information.]
[See Ben Greet for more information.]
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