The beginning of this letter is typewritten, which is interesting in showing how Walt converts some of his handwriting choices to typing:
- He doesn’t use the “dog’s bollocks” after the salutation, just a regular comma
- He uses an actual semicolon to separate two complete idea in the first sentence, which makes me wonder how many of his handwritten punctuation really is meant to be a semicolon
- He uses very few dashes, usually using the more common comma to separate phrases; when he does separate ideas with a dash, he types a hyphen (maybe he is unclear about when a hyphen should be a dash)
- In handwriting, he always puts periods in O.K., but not here
- I can’t imagine that he is able to go back and insert parentheses after mistakes, which would mean that he foresaw them—can’t imagine that either
A transcript follows the letter images.
July 12 1942
Here I am again; Surprised? I imagine you are as I have already written one today, and this is very good printing even for me, ha.
I am at the orderly room and there is no one to watch me so I might just as well make use of my time, OK?OK!
You know Honey, I was thinking (imagine that) if it would be possible for you to come out here again in the near future and we could get married—well—by (
using) making use of the allotment we could mak save $150.00 in three months, you would get it in a lump [looks like he tries to write sum and runs off the page, so starts on the next line] sum in Nov. Just a possibility—see—Just in case you hadn;t thought of itI thought I would tell you. [written in the left margin next to this paragraph: $150]
Im not very fast at this as I have to poke away with one finger, Probably would be better if I would write, unh? Yep.
So I will write.
I can’t think of much to say as I wrote almost every thing I could think of this afternoon. It is too bad you can’t be drawing that $28.00 from the Gov’t. along with my $22.00. If it was put away—it would soon amount to a little. I’ll bet I worry the devil out of you—always writing about something like that—But anything that will help us out is O.K. with me.
I’m going to stop writing about it (
uin) until I hear from you—which shouldn’t be long—Hope a hope.
Somebody is always coming in a
running runing of at the mouth—and I can’t write to save me.
Fields is figuring on a furlough this week—he says he’s going to be married inside of 3 days after he gets there. Lucky “stiff” unh?
Well Honey this is very short but this is the 2nd one, so
I Love You
I Love You
x Walt x