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Camp Mills, N.Y. Sept., 9th., 1917.

My dear Tessie:- The box containing the candy and the pajamas arrived yesterday afternoon O.K. I was moore pleased to get the candy and must express my thanks for it. We went right to work on it and now only a very little portion of it is left. The pajamas came in fine and none too soon for we are getting very chilly nights and they are made worse by the dampness of the atmosphere. It has been raining for the past day and a half but to-day is a fine day, sun shining and judt a gentle breeze blowing. It's truly a bully fine September day, but from the cold weather last night I would have thought that it was snowing. i believe that I forgot to tell you in my last letter the condition of the water in the camp; that is the drinking water. It is just like the water that all these little towns around this section of the state have. It is fierce and quite a few of our fellows are slightly punny from it. I don't drink a pint of water a day. It tore my stomach all to pieces the first few days and strange to say few ever get used to it. So I am staying hands off. our boys are not suffering as much as some of the other outfits are, even though we are used to a mineral water. I don't know what kind of water this is but it must be drain water. 

Troops are still arriving in camp every day but the movement is much slower than was anticipated. There is now about 12,000 soldiers here now and Thursday will find all of them here as all that are to come are on the road now. They will bring us up the full division of 19,000. Many of these troops are ones that have just been called out and are very raw. I must say that we have the best appointed camp in the whole division and the men are taking a lot of pride to get it the best and keep it the best. General Mann called to see us and now when troops arrive they are advised to call at the Virginia camp and see how a camp is pitched properly. We certainly have a pretty place and well drained by ditches dug around the tents that are just as regulations call for it.

Mrs. Varney arrived in Hempstead yesterday and seems to be pleased to get with us again; that is according to what the Captain says. I havn't seen her yet but she will be in the camp this afternoon. She has a sty on one of her eyes that is giving her quite a bit of pain. The eye is nearly closed.

The sailing date of this division is skeduled to start October 6th. and it will be about four days before the whole division can get under way. This isn't for