You must not worry Dear Mother as I am quite alright. You must let me know how Tom is getting on. I hope he is alright up to now, and continues to keep so.You will see that I am getting a little better at writing but it is still very bad, so I hope you will excuse me. Tell George I will drop him a line next week. I hope you are having good weather at home also that you spent a decent Christmas. I dare say I should have been home for a week, if this lot had not happened but we must hope for the best. I hope you were not kept long wondering what had become of me, but I wrote you first chance. Well Dear Mother my arm is [deleted: quite?] nearly better, and my leg is going on champion at present.