Apparently Ruth’s big idea is that she come to Texas and stay there, maybe working. Walt tries to dissuade her with stories about rent prices and squalid living conditions. It seems he might be pulling out what remains of his short haircut trying to emphasize to her what a bad idea it is.
A transcript follows the letter images.
I Love You,
Nov 5, 1942
Dearest, dearest Ruth,
I got your special letter—it gained a day over the other. A day and a half to be exact.
And let me tell you Ruth it sure makes a guy feel good to get a letter like that. Your the sweetest ever. But it also makes me feel kind of blue because I don’t think it will work that way. I’ll explain why.
There are so many soldiers here now—(thousands and thousands of them) and many of them have there wives here, just like you plan.—I was talking to some fellows who know the town and they say it is terrible.
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There is no room anywhere to stay. They said that people were rooming in “ratholes”—you know a little two by four place. And there is no ceiling on rent as yet here, so it is sky high.
(Remember—I’m not trying to discourage you—I would like to have you here—but I wouldn’t come till I say so).
I don’t think you can get a job here—it isn’t like Eastern cities.
As for me—Do you know that I might not get to town for weeks and weeks. Here is the way it stands.
I may go to pre-flight next week—I may not. There is a rumor some might go to California to pre-flight—I don’t know—Some might not go to pre-flight until next class would start—9 weeks from now—in that case we would probably be allright but I don’t know.
Believe me—if we can possibly get married Christmas I’ll let you
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know. But I won’t have you coming all this way and then not be able to see you
for except for a couple hrs. we couldn’t possibly make arrangements.
Believe me Ruth. I would never say no to anything you ask unless I know you would be far better off. I want you here—but I would rather have you there the here without knowing a soul, no job here—maybe me not getting to see you. That would be more cruel to you then ever.
Also Honey—if I get thru preflight here I will probably get sent someplace else for primary.
I imagine (
th) my discription looks darker then it is—but I’ll tell you I painted on the lighter side.
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You see Honey—I can’t tell you anything for sure—not a thing—they don’t tell us when we will go to pre-flight, or anything else—they purposely do it by surprise so we won’t know. You never can tell, they might tell us any time to get packed and leave. They told the bombardiers (prospective bombardiers) today to be ready to leave any time from 24 hrs to two weeks—see—they know now they are going but don’t know when. maybe tomorrow—maybe a week from tomorrow.
I never wanted to tell anybody anything so much in my life as I would like to tell you to come—but I can’t. Even if we were married I don’t think it would be a good plan to plan on staying down here afterward. We would have just as hard a time seeing each other then as now.—And that would be worse then ever knowing you were so close and still I couldn’t see you.
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The one and main thing that I want to get across to you is this—I can’t get out now at all. I can’t go ask to get off for Christmas—see. I might be someplace else—(preflight) and I wouldn’t know until I ask there.
If there is anyway possible I’ll try it—So Honey—guess you’ll just have to stand by until you get the word from me. If we can’t get married then—we will have to watch for our first chance—I know it is tough, but that is the only way I can see that we can do it.
About the blood test—I haven’t been able to find out if you would need one or not. Nevertheless—if you had a certificate
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from there and dated it ought to be good here—I would think.
I know this is a predicrrrrment [below line: or sompin]. but—
So Honey—guess we’ll both have to do a little hoping and praying and if that doesn’t work we will have to accept it for now and do some watchful waiting.
I Love You
more then ever
x Walt x
I Love You Ruth