20 FEB 1919 [stamped]
FROM: Chief, Graves Registration Service, American E.F.
TO: Miss Jane Addams, 800 South Halsted St., Chicago, Ill.
I am sure that you will pardon the use of a form letter such as we are sending you [today], when you try to realize under what great stress this office is working in order to give as prompt advice as possible concerning facts which are of such very vital importance to our sorrowing friends, whose brave men have suffered martyrdom on battle-fields within our sphere of European operation.
It is with great sorrow that I am writing you, and only the urgency of your desire to know, prompts me to push forward this notification when my note is required to be so formal because of the great number to which my name has to be signed.
You have probably already received official advice concerning the death of the one whom you gave to your country and the world for the saving of civilization.
You will be comforted in knowing that his body has been recovered that it lies buried in a spot which is under our care and control, and that there will be no danger of its loss or neglect.
We are sending you, herewith, a note which gives general answers to a number of questions which our bereaved friends are often asking, and it will probably give information concerning some of the things you are anxious to understand.
Please be sure of our earnest desire to guard your interests in every possible way, and our satisfaction in being able to care for the resting places of our dead.