My darling wife and daughter:
Arrived at my home yesterday evening and how much I would’ve liked you and Janice to be here right at this moment too. It is great to be at home again for a while at least; I have been granted a 30 day leave and must be at my next station, which is to be in the state of Texas, by 9 September; continue sending my letters to my home address until I am able to tell you my new address.
And now for the real important things; tell me all about my darling; oh, honey, you’re always so good to me; that last time (that Saturday) that I was coming along the road in the Toowong cemetery, and you came running down the hill to meet me, you looked so nice, of course you know I’m a little bashful, but I should have taken you in my arms and squeeze you so tight; you’re always such a darling to me. Hope that you are in the best of health, that means the both of you. Now tell me everything about our little daughter; has she been a good girl and doesn’t make a lot of trouble for her lovely mama? Can she sit up by herself already? Do you keep yourselves nice and warm in your beds at night; it must still be midwinter over there in Brisbane now. Am expecting those baby snaps in the next few letters from you; hope that your brother had good luck to get the film developed and some prints made. Hello to Bob and Maude, Mr. and Mrs. A. Butcher, the Drew family and your brothers and sisters. Gee, oh gosh, I hope that you can get transportation to the United States soon; I love my Flora and my little Janice so very much, and want them to be with me just as soon as possible.
Now tell me whether your allotment checks are getting to you regularly. The $1800 that I brought with me in post office money orders makes our bank account total to be $5200, that amounts to 1600 pounds in Australian money. Hope the income tax people don’t take too much of it. Now be sure that you get some nice things for yourself and Janice; hope that you have sufficient clothing coupons; if you expect to get transportation before Christmas spend as many and all of your clothing coupons before you leave so that you have some nice things to wear. Better buy a good fall and winter coat because it will be cold when you arrive in the United States; get a nice fur collared coat if you like that kind. I shall tell you about my trip in future letters did you receive my cablegram from San Francisco? It costs $.70 to send a half ounce letter airmail from United States to Brisbane Australia; you should receive these letters very rapidly. Send your letters Airmail too if you want to; I want them to get here just as quickly as possible. Send a cablegram to me. Your loving husband, Bertine.
Lots and lots of kisses for my darlings. I love you I love you.