New London, Connecticut
December 23, 1918
Western Union Telegram, Wichita Falls, Texas
WE MISS YOU AT THIS TIME MORE THAN EVER STOP MAKE MERRY STOP MAY THE NEW YEAR BRING YOU MUCH PLEASURE STOP LOVE FROM ALL STOP FATHER
Dear Mother and Father,
Have just finished eating a bunch of the stuff you sent and maybe you think we didn't enjoy it. Young and Bieger helped me carry the box from the pier to the YMCA, and then we had a feed. We ate half the cake you made, but saved the other to have with some of the canned goods on Christmas Day. You were surely complimented for your cake making. It sure was good, and you needn't worry about its being burnt that little bit on the bottom, for we didn't even scrape it off.
Tell the girls I saved their cards that they wrote "Merry Christmas" on and put them in my album. The box made me feel "homesicker" than I did before, but the eats sure tasted good.
I went to Boston Saturday with Julius and stayed til Sunday night at 11:30. Didn't get up til 4 Saturday afternoon, but Sunday morning we went out walking: saw the Harvard stadium, Lowell's house, the place where Washington took command of his armies, and a bunch of other places. I saw the Old North Church when still over in old Boston.
Have had one day of work in the electrical repair school, and we had to work out experiments with the electrical apparatus just like we used to do in physics, only we make more copious notes on them.
Am sending some more pictures -- which is getting to be a habit -- that I told you about taking. The ones with the big camera are the best we've gotten. You can see by them that I'm not getting very thin in the Navy.
Must write up some notes tonight before corking off. Many thanks and a kiss all round. May this be a merry merry Christmas for all of you.
Your most affectionate son,
(Postmarked from New London, Connecticut)