Letter from Charles R. Drew to Lenore (Robbins) Drew
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1940-01-09 (January 9, 1940)
[Drew, Charles R.]
[Drew, Lenore (Robbins)]
Original Repository: Howard University. Moorland-Spingarn Research Center. Charles R. Drew Papers
Reproduced with permission of the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center.
Becoming "the Father of the Blood Bank," 1938-1941
January 9, 1940
My dear Mrs. Drew,
You will be pleased to hear that the state department has considered your husband too valuable a citizen to allow to expose
himself to the rigors and dangers of the European scene at this time, therefore, they will not issue a passport.
From word we have received in this office today there is some evidence that the word has been passed down to have certain
of our armed forces ready for war if need be by the first of April. To that end we have been asked to prepare to start collecting
blood for plasma for the U. S. Navy by Monday week. Things happen fast do they not? I do not know what the next step is at
this time but what ever it is I am pretty sure, I believe, that your hubby will be in the middle of it. The first chance that
I get I will come down and discuss the future of this rapidly increasing little band of Drews.