Letter and Envelope, Percy R Manson

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1917

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Letter and envelope from Percy R Manson

a) Letter from Trooper Percy Manson to his mother on 29 June1917 from Palestine. The letter reads:
Dear Mother,
Just a few lines to let you know I am still alive and keeping in the best of health & hope you are keeping the same. I received your welcome about a week ago & was pleased to see you have all been keeping well on it. I had a letter written about March from Tot asking if I received the money I cabled for last January. I received the cable saying that Papa had died on 12 Jan and also saying that you had sent the money. When I went down on leave to Pt. Said I sent a wire to Cairo to Cooks asking if the money had arrived & they replied saying it had not & about a month after I returned I received a letter from the Egyptian Bank informing me that the money had arrived, so I wrote down & got it transferred up here, so I got it alright. I have also altered my allotment. I had a letter from M C Clark saying that no one could draw it now until I made out a new allotment so I decided to make it out in Clarks name & for him to collect it until my return to NZ. The weather is very warm now & at times very windy. I suppose you are having it wet in Napier the middle of winter. In your last letter you were saying that Walter had returned from his final leave & had gone to Trentham for a month before his departure. I was wondering if he was in the infantry as when I was at Featherston the Mounted Rifles stayed in Featherston until they got on the boat. I had a letter from Vin in the last English mail. He is keeping well on it & wishes to be remembered to you all at home. Well I think I will have to close now as news is very scarce here at present. Hoping this will find you in the best of health.
I am Your loving son
Percy R Manson

b) Military issue envelope for use on active service. Addressed to Mrs S Manson.
Production technique
Media/Materials description
Pencil and ink on paper.
Measurements
Length x Width: 266 x 201mm
Length x Width: 149 x 102mm
Signature/Inscription
Mrs S Manson, Napier Terrace, Napier, Inscription, Handwritten
20 June / Field Post Office, Stamp, Stamped
Subject date
1917
Credit line
from the Viv Millin Collection
Other number(s)
m2002/25/433, 70177

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