18 October 1944
It is wet, muddy, and oftentimes cold here. But I'm all right. Received the box of candy from the folks at Lake City. Thank them for me. Also got a snapshot of you and the child. I think you are much nicer looking than the girl whose picture was superimposed. You should have received $75.00 and $25.00 I had sent home out of my pay. It was some time ago. Let me know about it. Don't send too much for Christmas. Not all at once anyway; as it is difficult to carry too much extra food. I appreciate your consideration in picking out things I most like. I'm proud of your work at the office. Also of your studying on the side.
I love you very much. Melvin