August 9, 1918

My dear Mr. Woodman:-

Your welcome letter came the day before yesterday and I take this moment to answer it for fear that another moment may not come soon.

I am afraid I cannot be quite as enthusiastic about the work here as you might expect. After France, it is a delightful summer vacation. Occasionally, there is a little activity, but when things are quiet, we evacuate sick in a matter of fact way and although we may work all night, there is no pressure or excitement to act as a driving force. Until a week ago, we did not have a post nearer than three kilometers to the lines, as the Italian officers had an idea that they must keep us out of harm's way. Now we have two posts, one of which is in the second lines and one just behind them. In a couple of days, I am going on post at the latter. We stay out for four days and then return to headquarters. Of course, while at post, we are absolutely on our own responsibility and in that respect, I do like the work. However, just as you would like to be over here so, now that I am here, I would like to be in a really active service.

The climate, to say the least, is unhealthy unless one keeps in good condition and takes quinine regularly. The latter is a precaution against malaria which is very prevalent now, during the hot months.

Unfortunately, some Austrian planes have just come over which means all lights must be put out. I would like very much to hear from you occasionally, sir, if you get the opportunity to drop a line.

Yours very sincerely,

Harvey Williams