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David J. Castleman letter to Mary Pride Jones, 20 November 1918

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[#] 67. St. Nazaire, France. 20 November 1918, Dearest Sweetheart:- Your letter of the 28th was received today. Your spoke of getting a letter that was written on the 14th of last month, and that the one previous to that was written on the 6th. You should have one dated the 11th also. Perhaps it is just as well that I cannot walk in on you tonight, else I might hurt you. I have an awful longing to see you and I am in strong hopes that the time will soon be here.

When your letter was written you seemed to be quite pessimistic concerning the duration of the war. Every one over here seemed to think the same thing, and they had had so many hopes dashed to the ground that they could not believe that the war was practically won until the armistice was actually signed. Even now every one seems to think that the Boche is still dangerous. Every time he makes a statement the papers try to make it appear to be a trap. While I am sure that they would not hesitate to set traps, yet it makes me tired to see bug-bears made of nothing. All we have to do is keep our eyes open and go ahead. The main thing now is to keep harmony in the family, and I am sure that can be accomplished with Wilson, Lloyd George and Clemenceau at the head. I should like to see Paris welcome the President when he arrives nest month. It is already planned that he