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My dear Bro and Sis,
In answer to your kind and welcome letter hoping this will find you quite well not forgetting the babes. You asked me to tell you how we were during and after the siege.
It was very trying day after day the same old thing, rise to man the posts before daybreak then dismiss if all is quiet and no danger. Next, rations were issued and that was the time to see us, not a crumb of bread or biscuit was wasted. Our mainstay was a cup of soup at dinner time altho' a lot of men used to eat the meat in preference to the soup which I think caused a lot of sickness.*
Well when we got to our lowest diet things began to look black but we never doubted that the relief were doing their best. So it happened for they got through when little expected for we expected to have a big fight for it when the relief were at hand.
But nothing of the kind happened. The Boers simply scooted when driven from Pieter's Hill, our naval guns gave "LongTom" a warm adieu all the afternoon and night before the relief came in. (Well after we were relieved we were put on full rations which some of the men made away with . . .)
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