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August 2, 1917 – The Life and Letters of World War I Aerial Observer Lt. Mortimer M. Lawrence


Aug. 2, 1917


Dear Folks:-


Received your letters and yesterday afternoon received by parcel post a bundle of Saturday Evening Posts from April 7th to July 28th inclusive.  They were all labeled B.K. Mills and had a Western Malleables tag so I judged they came from Mill and have written them thanking them for the package.

Everything is about the same here.  We are not out of quarantine and will not be before Sunday.

This morning I was ordered to report to the Captain’s Office.  He asked me about the camp at Fort Sheridan and how long I was there.  Then he appointed me acting non-commissioned officer in charge of my squad in place of the man we had at first.  Now I am on the same plane as the rest of the drillmasters here as they are only privates acting as non commissioned officers.  Capt. Pierson also asked to what company I had been assigned.  Guess that means a recommend to the Company Commander.

You wrote me about the kit the Red Cross was going to send.  That will be fine.

Of course you can send me a cake for my birthday but don’t send it unless I let you know in advance positively where to send it because I may or may not be with my company.  The cake can come any time.  I don’t know of anything else I want or need.

Had a letter from Ruth today inviting me to dinner Sunday but I am afraid I can’t make it.

Will you please have Will look up and see if he can get me a pocket edition Gillette, one of the new style that comes in a flat metal case.  The one I have is rather bulky to carry around as it won’t roll up in anything small.  If Will can get what I want have him send for it and I will see that he gets the money in a few weeks.

Must stop now.  Love to all,





Mortimer Lawrence at Fort Snelling

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