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Item ID# A995.050.014
Title Letter from Hector McLean to Ernie Cunningham
Object Name Letter
Dates of Creation July 1917
Creator McLean, Hector
Description Envelope and five pages of what appears to have been an eleven page letter written by Hector McLean of Glammis, Ontario during WWI / First World War to Pte. Earnie H. Cunningham [Ernest Hall Cunningham], 10th Canadian Battalion, B. Co., No. 7 Platoon, France. Envelope is postmarked July 1917 Tiverton.

LETTER TRANSCRIPTION:

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Last I just saw you on the street but only had time to speak nicely after I was sure it was you. I thought of seeing you again, but you left before I saw you again but let not little failures in the past effect our present friendship. John was home this winter, he was well. You heard of Alex McPhail being here still for the training of the new army. I had a letter from him lately he is fine. Well I suppose you know Misses Grahm [sic] died of Cansar [sic] of the

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Stomach and of Charley getting married to Lotty McWally. Well I have very little news to give in a way as I feel all I can say will be old before you read it. Buying cars is the newest fad here. I never move with the crowd. I may wait on the airship. Well the crops are looking well, we had a very wet summer but looks like it would be dry now. John Canady paid fifty cents for one of Vicks Almanacs, he is forecasting the weather and do you know he is right

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occasionally [?] he says it going to be dry now. Himself and Roy are doing fine now. Roy is a great worker. Torrance got a place of honor too. Well I think that Torrance is a very able looking soldier and we were glad he was the one selected as it was likely his due. Retta McKinnon says their [Mc?] was in Edenborugh [sic] at the time he weighs some 225 pounds. Well I guess there is bigger and stronger than yourself, but for speed and grit they will be few can pass you.

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Well, Robert McLennan and his wife and girl are here. She is tall and fairly good looking. He is looking pretty good. James is ready to give up the place if he can dispose of them. Well I suppose I could tell lots of little things like that but you have a ida [sic] how every body is and there is still strife for May and she seems unable to deside [sic]. You heard misses Ferris died, the old gentleman is feeling very frail but still able to move about, but liable to fall. He ain't mutch [sic] alone. He is at

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Put your hope of salvation in the finished work of Jesus. You are more exposed to danger than we are but we all need the preparation of faith in the sacrifice for sin. You know all the story well yourself though. How do like the country apart from the war. Its supposed to be nice and well improved. Well I think this is all at present. Hoping to hear soon from you and wishing you all the best that I man can get. I am your friend,

Hector McLean,
Glamis,
Box 71, Ont.
Collection Cunningham, Ernest Hall fonds
Physical Description 5 p., 1 envelope
Subjects Agriculture
Farming
First World War
Home front
Soldiers
People Cunningham, Ernest Hall
McLean, Hector
Place France
Glammis
Tiverton
Level of Description Item