Letter from Arthur Powell

Scope and Content

This letter from Arthur begins with a cheerier tone, he remarks that he will have little news for them as he as he wrote, 'it all in his last letter'. Arthur says that his parents will have no doubt read about the 'terrific fighting' in the newspapers, particularly the 'big battle' on Easter Monday, on which he 'was an eye witness'. Arthur feels that 'it cannot last long now'. There is a sense of tension and anticipation in Arthur's writing for he says, 'it is too tremendous, something has got to break'. He feels that trench warfare, 'is becoming a thing of the past'. Arthur is aware that he parents will be constantly anxious and brooding over his welfare and safety. He tries to keep their spirits buoyant by his positivity and encouragement, 'Of course I do not say that you are not doing your best to be brave, but you want to look at it like I do'. He suggests that they should try to imagine the end of the war and how happy and jubilant they will all be once they are all back at home together again, 'Yes we will all smile then; won't we have a few family beanos then Eh!'. Arthur expresses his relief that his father and brother will never experience active service because of their respective ages, no doubt he says, 'I'll bet Mother has blessed the fact several times on the quiet'. He mentions that once he is home, he will also be able to give an account of the war, 'without the addition of newspaper twaddle'. A young lady by the name of 'Amy Drape' has replied to his letter. Arthur closes with his 'very best love and 'kindest regards' to his family signed as always, 'believing me to remain Your Ever Loving and devoted Son'.

Dated at: France.