Tuesday, November 9, 2010

A soldier's farewell, c. 1907

G. W. Watkins (stationed in Norfolk, Va., I assume) sent this to Mrs. Sarah J. Watkins, wishing a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all in a slightly garbled writing with numerous misspellings. No sentiment here that would indicate husband to wife; maybe son to mother?  

The message on the front is full of feeling, and perhaps that sufficed: "That is right, my brave darling, wave me a farewell, for the fate of a soldier is hard to fore tell."

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