Letters from the Great War – “Quite a change from Boston”

Somewhere in Egypt – May 17th, 1916 – (Letter #14)

Dear Brother;

Just a few lines to let you know I am in the pink. Hoping this will find you all the same. It is very hot here but the night is fine and cool. I tell you it is quite a change from Boston in every way. Are you going home this summer? I don’t think I will without they give me nine month’s leave and the walking is good. Are you still with Bates? I hear he is mayor of Quincy. I bet he will make some of the Faxon tribe toe the mark.

Well dear brother, you will have to excuse my short letter, as we cannot tell where we are or anything concerning the army. Give my love to Flo, Sam and kids, not forgetting Mary and Teddy. With love and best wishes for you all.

From your brother, Lee

Editor’s Notes:

  • Many Islanders who headed for Boston during those years resided in the Quincy which is a Southern suburb of metropolitan Boston.

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  1. Jeannie 🍻 on September 27, 2018 at 6:40 am

    Quincy was “the hub of the south shore”. Islanders established their own Presbyterian church in Quincy. There was a Presbyterian church there but guess the Islanders did not take to it so they built their own Fort Square United Presbyterian Church.

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