May 9, 1918 – Letter from Robert to his mother (on YMCA “On Active Service with the American Expeditionary Force” letterhead):
My dear Mother,
When one is so far away, it seems harder to sit down and write a letter. I know that you won’t get this for several weeks but I hope some of you will write real often as mail from dear old America will help lots.
The trip across was not bad at all. We had fair weather and I did not get sea sick. England is a beautiful country, there is no denying that and I like France too, but the dear old U.S.A. is good enough for me. I would like to tell you all about the trip but I guess that will have to wait until I get back. Business seems to be going on as usual here and in England, and I don’t think anyone is starving to death as you may think.
The American troops do not like the English people much, but feel sorry for France. The Eng. soldiers think more of class than fighting. They look simple too. I believe the Americans will end it soon.
I hope Ruth is better, and that you are at the lake.
Have you heard from Elinore lately. I don’t know where she is but I hope she is alright.
Love to all