David J. Castleman letter to Mary Pride Jones, 19 August 1918
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lovely Pride?" She is a very great admirer of you & she thinks you are the most beautiful girl she knows, and also that you are a model of virtue. I love her all the more for her opinion of you and I wish I could tell her when your marriage will take place. I believe she suspects my love for you, altho I've never told anyone. No one knows, dear heart. Years ago, when I first met you my love took root in the form of admiration. It has grown and grown, until it is now adoration. Am going to close & write you again tomorrow or next day and then I'll tell you about some things that happened while in this place-nothing of any importance, only some conditions that I've met with. Good bye dear heart. I wish I could paint a true picture of my love for you & send it over the ocean to you. I'm thinking of you always. D