17| February 24, 1917



Section Sanitaire Americaine 5,
Formation Harjes,
B.C.M. Paris,
Convois Automobile
Feb. 24- 1917.


My dear sister Selma:

                  Your several welcome letters I have recieved [sic] recently and I thank you very much for them and you are very good to write to me so often.

                  You mentioned in one of your letters that some of your friends might write to me. Surely, I would be glad to recieve [sic] letters from friends, especially, if they are young and good looking. For here at the front there is an entire absence of women. [LINE ELIMINATED.] It is very strange to spend six months amongst only men and war, but having done so gives a person of better idea of the worth of real women.

                  This afternoon, I was not very busy so I induced the kitchen chef to give me some sugar, for an account of the scarcity, one can not buy it in the stores without a special order, and then I bought some canned butter, canned milk, chocolate and some walnuts and on my little portable gas stove made some regular old fashioned fudge. If I do say it myself, it was very good.

                  For some time we have not been very busy, for we have only been waiting with our division for the nice summer weather when real fighting can be carried on. I am sure this summer you can look forward to some good and effective work by the Allies, especially the French.

                  Well, a few more days, and my engagement will be finished. I expect then to go to Paris and try to get some work. I do not know of anything special I would do if I went home, so I guess I will see what I can do in Paris. Also on account of unsettled sailing conditions it would probably be well to stay in Paris for some time.

                  I will write you more later but for to-night, “adieu.” With best love,

                  Always your brother,



After March 1st,
c/o Morgan, Harjes & Co.
31 Boulevard Haussmann,


Title: Letter 17, Luther Nelson to Sister Selma
Date: 1917 February 24
Collection: RG1/051, Luther Nelson Collection, 1916-1918
Repository: Archives of the American Field Service and AFS Intercultural Programs
Creator: Nelson, Luther
Publisher: Digitized by AFS staff in 2016.
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Digital ID: 1_051_17