Letter from Arthur Powell

Scope and Content

Arthur has received a letter from his parents and cigarettes. He writes, as he has explained in the past before, that it is unnecessary to send him cigarettes. Arthur can buy them more cheaply and they are in plentiful supply. He is sorry that his parents have not been receiving his letter's, he does not understand it as he has been writing to them during his interval in hospital. Arthur however, is doing well and 'feeling very much like my old self'. Arthur's address is as usual, until he is moved, how long that will be though he cannot say. His parents have asked for a photograph, Arthur does not know whether this is possible, but will make enquiries. It will not belong he says before they will see him 'in reality', he is hoping in time for his twenty first birthday. Arthur mentions a friend 'Harry' whom it would appear is still enlisted, but working in a clerical position. Arthur feels that is a waste of resources, time and labour. He thinks Harry should be sent home as the industrial business world is acutely short staffed and in, 'much need of labour'. Arthur then goes on to discuss the involvement of the Russian army. He believes the war has dragged on because Russia has been undecided about its participation. Arthur believes that the British attacks against the Germans would have been more successful, if the Russians had 'fill[ed] her part'. He writes the German attack on them in April was unprecedented and concentrated, because of the German withdrawal from the Eastern Front. Arthur hopes that Russian will be yet able to, 'right herself,' Arthur closes his letter to say that he has written to his Grandmother and asks if she has received it, he closes with his usual and 'best love'. He asks to be remembered to the Warburtons and wonders how the Hislops are.

Dated at: France.