I received a letter from you dated 28 Jan. this week. You say you have not heard from me for ages. Well I write fairly often & never fail to answer any letter or parcel received. You say you have sent me four parcels. Well I can't think where they get to. I have only received one which I wrote you about on 8th Feb. I am glad you received the souvenirs from Jerusalem. I wrote [?] about a week ago so have not much more to say. We have had some more scrapping. You will no doubt have read about our taking Jericho & crossing the Jordan.
I finished my course at Cairo last week. Managed to pass my exam & get a 1st class. We are enviously watching the news from France. Shouldn't be surprised if we are sent back there, but I hope not. There seems to be a terrible slaughter going on. We captured a lot of Germans out here the other day. Suppose they have come to help the Turks.
The weather is very bad again here, terribly wet but we shall get no rain after April. The wild flowers here are lovely in the valleys. The orange blooms beautiful in the orange grove. There are tons of oranges
Bailey, W., Letter, 30 March 1918