Letter and Envelope, Percy R Manson

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Letter and envelope from Percy R Manson.

a) Letter from Trooper Percy Manson to his mother on 31 August 1916. The letter reads:

Dear Mother.
Just a few lines to let you know I received that most welcome letter from you and also money which I must thank you for. Were(sic) we are now we never a shop for one weeks end to another so we don’t have much use for money, but I think we may shift away from here soon.

I was glad to see that you are still able to write a letter and that your health has improved a little. I suppose the cold weather has not been too good for you but I don’t think this climate over here would suit you as it is exceedingly hot and the flies are most annoying especially at meal times they fly on to your bread and get stuck in the jam and while you are getting them out of the jam they are drinking out of your cup of tea. I don’t know much about the war news from France as we don’t get any papers out here but in the last report we got they were doing fine and I think the war wont last more than eighteen months longer.

Bert Houghton is not camped far from me. I am going to see him tonight. I have had a letter from Vin since he has been in France but there was not a great lot of news in it. I believe he has had a cold since he has been over there it would the change of climate going from a hot place to a cold one. Our water supply is very poor here, we have to cart all our water in water carts and with sand it is very hard for the horses to pull.

How is the garden getting on. I suppose Papa has got most of the seeds in by now. He will miss Walter this year being at Waituhi(?) & also Clive. I suppose Bill baby is quite a big boy now, he looked healthy enough when I left. Well Mother I think I will have to close now as news is scarce over here. Hoping this finds you in the best of health as it leaves me.

I am Your loving son,
Percy R Manson.

The larger paper is Young Men's Christian Association New Zealand Expeditionary Forces letterhead.

b) Military issue envelope for use on active service. Addressed to Mrs S Manson.
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Media/Materials description
Pencil and ink on paper.
Length x Width: 241 x 204mm
Length x Width: 101 x 147mm
Length x Width: 203 x 128mm
Tpr P R Manson, Inscription, Handwritten
Addressed to Mrs S. Manson, Napier Terrace, Napier, Inscription, Handwritten
(Illegible Postmark), Stamp, Stamped
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from the Viv Millin Collection
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m2002/25/437, 70185

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