From the Archives - "Dear Father"
The following are excerpts from two letters that are
reported to have been exchanged during the Boer War between a young British
officer in South Africa
and his father back home.
. . . kindly send me fifty
pounds at once; lost another leg in a stiff engagement, and am in hospital
without means . . . .
Some weeks later, the young manís father received his
desperate plea, and promptly took pen in hand to respond,
My dear son,
As this is the fourth leg you have lost, according to your letters, you
ought to be accustomed to it by this time.
Try to hobble along on any that you may have left . . . .