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The Henry Swan Papers

Letter from Henry Swan to his first wife, Mary Fletcher pdf (880,338 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Letter from Henry Swan to his first wife, Mary Fletcher
Intending to have them published, Swan's wife had his letters transcribed as he sent them.
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1 (880,338 Bytes)
Date Supplied:
7, 10 June 1944
[Swan, Henry]
[Swan, Mary Fletcher]
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Medical Subject Headings (MeSH):
World War II
Exhibit Category:
Medical Training, Wartime Surgical Experiences, and Early Career, 1935-1949
Box Number: 1
Folder Number: 51
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Document Type:
Letters (correspondence)
Physical Condition:
Series: Correspondence, 1944-1996
Folder: World War II. Letters at home, by Henry Swan II, 1944-1945
June 7
This is the first time I have written to you for about 10 days, as it has seemed so futile to write letters I couldn't possibly mail; moreover, what could be said was so limited. The big news that broke yesterday, however, now enables us to say a little more than we could up to now.
Our life for the past 10 days has been one of suspended expectancy mixed with a sense of boredom & frustration. To wait, all cooped up on a boat, and do nothing, meanwhile expecting momentarily to move into the big adventure, is a strange dreamy existence. Cards & books - monotony - undercurrent of tension which occasionally breaks out - loss of all sense of contact with the world and its peoples - no mail either way - sleep and more sleep - eat and gripe and joke and ponder -
This show is colossal! And the test is yet to come - the total test, and thousands on thousands of individual and personal tests. For who can guess or know what he will do when the time comes? How soon?
We hang on the radio for news, as you must be doing, and, needless to say, we are taking a very personal interest in what they have to say. The magnitude of all the events is beyond belief. Some of it we have seen; most of it, as yet, not. May God grant a steady forward momentum to our work.
June 10 - Somewhere in France
Shortly after writing the above, an end came to our prelude, and the curtain went up on the big show. I only wish I could tell you about it, mais c'est interdit. Suffice it to say I am well and intact, tho' tired. In the past three days we have been in the middle of things - have seen about all there is to see - experienced all the experiences - and have been busy doing what we came here to do. So all is well.
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