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An Update

I contacted the Original Poster of the letter image requesting a higher resolution and she kindly obliged with same.  © Kemberlee | www.kemberlee.com  Please compare both transcriptions. 

letter handwritten dated 25/6/171917

 

<?xml version=”1.0″ encoding=”UTF-8″?>
<!– Hand written letter –>
<div type=”letter”>
<source>http://heartshapedstones.blogspot.com/</source>
<author>Anonymous</author>
<letter date=”25/6/17″>
<!–The 17 above refers to 1917 –>
<heading>Monday 25/6/17</heading>
<l>Another bright mornng. It is a shame to</l>
<l>be in bed until 8 in lovely weather</l>
<l>like this. Usual routine. Nothing much</l>
<l>doing. Only two eggs for breakfast</l>
<l>Hopes of another joy ride tonight.</l>
<l>Very dull and showery in the afternoon,</l>
<l>Seven men arrive from Curragh. Dishing</l>
<l>blankets out and fxing them up.</l>
<l>Ride cancelled. Don’t know what to do.</l>
<l>Am thinking about the pictures but it is</l>
<l>too rainy. It does not off rain. Something </l>
<l>like rosary beads the drops are. This is irish!</l>
<l>Must go out. Have no one to write to. </l>
<l>At least it ain’t my turn.</l>
<l>News of rising in Cork.</l>
<l>One soldier drowned in the river here in</l>
<l>a boating accident. Cadet saved two</l>
<l>Out 2. M. gave this chap a rig out to go</l>
<l>home in. Usually three drowned here every year</l>
<l>My flowers seem to be coming up fine.</l>
<l>Off to pictures. Not much</l>
<l>chance of getting a girl</l>
</letter>
</div>

 

letter handwritten dated 25/6/171917

Online Artefact

Poor Quality Image making it difficult to transcribe and encode.  Towards the end of the letter transcription I’ve dealt with illegible words  using a gap tag to describe the type of data and problem associated with it.  I’ve also contacted the original poster of this artefact asking if she has a higher resolution image :  )

Thks Letter gives an insight into life during june 1917 while stationed at Fort Camden.

<?xml version=”1.0″ encoding=”UTF-8″?>
<!– Hand written letter –>
<div type=”letter”>
<source>http://heartshapedstones.blogspot.com/</source>
<author>Anonymous</author>
<letter date=”25/6/17″>
<!–The 17 above refers to 1917 –>
<heading>Monday 25/6/17</heading>
<l>Another bright mornng. It is a shame to</l>
<l>be in bed until 8 in lovely weather</l>
<l>like this. Usual routine. Nothing much</l>
<l>doing. Only two eggs for breakfast</l>
<l>Hopes of another joy ride tonight.</l>
<l>Very dull and showery in the afternoon,</l>
<l>Seven men arrive from Curragh. Dishing</l>
<l>blankets out and fxing them up.</l>
<l>Ride cancelled. Don’t know what to do.</l>
<l>Am thinking about the pictures but it is</l>
<l>too rainy. It does not off rain. Something </l>
<l>like rosary beads the droplets This is irish!</l>
<l>Must go out. Have no one to write to. </l>
<l>As Cadet it aint my turn.</l>
<l>News of rising in Corke.</l>
<l>One soldier drowned in the river here in</l>
<l>a boating accident. Cadet saved two</l>
<l>Out 2 <gap quantity=”1″ unit=”words” reason=”illegible”/> gave this chap a rig out to go</l>
<l>home in. Usually three <gap quantity=”4″ unit=”words” reason=”illegible”/></l>
<l>My flowers seem to be coming up fine.</l>
<l>Off to pictures. Not much</l>
<l>chance of getting a girl</l>
</letter>
</div>

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