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The Charles R. Drew Papers

Title:
Letter from Charles R. Drew to Lenore (Robbins) Drew pdf (2,687,757 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Letter from Charles R. Drew to Lenore (Robbins) Drew
Description:
Item is handwritten.
Number of Image Pages:
4 (2,687,757 Bytes)
Date:
1939-04-16 (April 16, 1939)
Creator:
Drew, Charles R.
Recipient:
Drew, Lenore (Robbins)
Source:
Original Repository: Howard University. Moorland-Spingarn Research Center. Charles R. Drew Papers
Rights:
Reproduced with permission of the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center.
Exhibit Category:
Becoming "the Father of the Blood Bank," 1938-1941
Unique Identifier:
BGBBCK
Document Type:
Letters (correspondence)
Language:
English
Format:
application/pdf
image/tif
Physical Condition:
Good
Transcript:
Sunday Morning 2 AM
April 16, 1939
My Sweet,
Man at his best is an odd creature and I as the least of men am the oddest of creatures at best, but never have I, even at my worst, acted as strange as I have for the past week. For years I have done little but work, plan and dream of making myself a good doctor, an able surgeon and in my wildest moments perhaps also playing some part in establishing a real school of thought among Negro physicians and guiding some of the younger fellows to levels of accomplishment not yet attained by any of us. I have known the cost of such desires and have been
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quite willing to do without many of the things that one usually regards as but natural. Then I met you and for the first time mistress medicine met her match and went down almost without a fight. Life suddenly widened the horizons and took on new meaning, I knew dear by just how lonely I had become, just how badly I needed some one rather than just something to cling to, some one to work for, rather than just a goal to aim at, some one to dream with, cherish from day to day, and share the little things with, the smile and if need be the
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tears that will sometimes come. When I first kissed your hand it was almost reverently done for even then I felt an inward surge that was inexplicable. When you walked I felt lifted by the graciousness of your carriage; when you talked it was your gentleness that struck so deeply; when you smiled there was sweetness that only a fortunate few can carry over from an unspoiled childhood to full glorious womanhood; poised but vibrant, there was something which responded in me and left a glow which still suffuses my whole being and warms my heart, Its a grand
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feeling Lenore. The only rash, unplanned, unpremeditated thing I've done for years is already paying dividends in a thousand delightful ways.
Like Elizabeth Browning I feel that a new source of strength has come to me, and I am grateful.
"How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach when feeling out of sight
For the ends of being and ideal grace,
I love thee to the level of every day's
Most quiet need, by sun and candle light.
I love thee with the breath, smiles, tears
Of all my life"
And so
My love
Goodnight,
Charlie
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