The letter dated October 9 comes from “Somewhere in France” where he arrived “yesterday afternoon” and closed with the hope that “later in the week, I’ll know more of what we can say in letters. Now I’m afraid to say anything.” He seems to be bursting with information to share but can’t yet find a way to put it in his letters. “Have had lots of interesting experiences since landing though, after having the censorship regulations read to us this morning, there is very little we are allowed to say.”

He is concerned that the “loafing” of recent weeks has resulted in his being “very soft physically” and he is ready for activity to rectify that. “Am enjoying the French people…and expect to do some little boning on their language in any spare time as while I get along fairly well in talking to them, they speak it entirely too fast for me.” Monty also puts in an order for cigars, the first of many. “You can get pretty fair cigarettes over here but good cigars and pipe tobacco are another thing altogether and I don’t care for cigarettes.”

Transcript of original letter:

Somewhere in France

Oct. 9, 1917

Dear Mother —

Finally landed here at my destination, or what will be my destination for a while, yesterday afternoon. Have had lots of interesting experiences since landing though, after having the censorship regulations read to us this morning, there is very little we are allowed to say. Have been in the best of health ever since leaving the U.S., being lucky as to seasickness and escaped it entirely. I’m glad to be getting to march again as am very soft physically after the length of time I’ve been loafing. I’m enjoying the French people I see thoroughly and expect to do some little boning on their language in any spare time as while I get along fairly well in talking to them, they speak entirely too fast for me.

One thing I want sent me right away is several boxes of cigars—Frank knows the kind I like. It will probably take them from two to three weeks to reach me so, including the time it will take for this letter to reach you, it will be after the middle of November before I get them but they will come in mighty good at any time. You can get pretty fair cigarettes over here but good cigars and pipe tobacco are another thing altogether and I don’t care for cigarettes.

Hope soon to be getting some mail from you and will write regularly from now on. Perhaps later in the week, I’ll know more of what we can say in letters. Now I’m afraid to say anything.

Lots of love to all the family,

Carl

As before stated my mail should be addressed to: Lieut. Thomas C. Montgomery, Inf. – U.S.R., AEF BCM Paris, France.

O.K. Thomas C. Montgomery 2nd Lieut. – U.S.R.

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