January 7th, 1917
Received by James Padgett.
I am here, Samuel:
I will say a few words only. I am glad that John wrote so encouragingly, as it will do you good, and I want to substantiate what he said. You may look for better conditions now. Only keep up your courage and have-faith in what we write you.
You have my love and blessings.
So believe in us all, and let not the things that appear insurmountable discourage you.
I will come soon. Goodnight.
Your brother in Christ,