I DEDICATE THESE LETTERS TO MY DEAR FATHER AND MOTHER, TO WHOM THEY WERE WRITTEN "And of these, many are gone, to join a radiant band, whose hope is in us."
Saunderstown. R. I.
July 1. 1923.
Dear Arthur Foote:
Thank you and Mrs. Foote for the 'Letters from Two Hospitals'. I have read them with the greatest pleasure, and the first portion, the French ones, with the added sense of much association. In England I don't know Chester in the way that I know Tours; and yet those pages recall the whole of England and give me a sense of personal familiarity too. What admirable letters they are, and what a noble and devoted work they record! They must have made the writer's parents happy. And the two last paragraphs---Lieut. Raffy and Sergeant Elliott! Do you know, the book brings a sadness with it, as some perfumes do, that have associations. All through it are reminders of a spirit which is gone: a spirit of zeal, self-effacement, high dedication, faith, which shone over us then and made those dreadful years endurable. These present times are less endurable because nothing shines on them--- that I can see. It will not always be so; but how long is it going on like this? Many many thanks to you, and a good summer.