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The Wilbur A. Sawyer Papers

Letter from Wilbur A. Sawyer to Margaret Sawyer pdf (149,410 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Letter from Wilbur A. Sawyer to Margaret Sawyer
Even when separated for just a few weeks, Dr. and Mrs. Sawyer corresponded regularly. In 1933 Sawyer and his eldest daughter Peggy stayed home in Hastings while the rest of the family vacationed in Michigan during August. In this letter he reported on their activities and on the probable disappearance of his son Billy's pet alligator, Oscar.
Oscar turned up, unharmed, ten days later, according to a later letter.
Item is handwritten.
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2 (149,410 Bytes)
1933-08-09 (August 9, 1933)
Sawyer, Wilbur A.
Sawyer, Margaret
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Exhibit Categories:
The Yellow Fever Laboratory: Rockefeller Foundation, 1928-1937
Biographical Information
Box Number: 2
Folder Number: 11
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Document Type:
Letters (correspondence)
Physical Condition:
Series: Correspondence, 1911-1995
SubSeries: Personal correspondence, 1911-1995
Folder: 1933
Aug. 9, 1933
Dear Margaret:
Peg is busy writing you a letter on the typewriter. She has had an hour's head start and has probably told everything. Bill's letter and your postal arrived a couple of days ago, and this evening there came your letter on the rough paper. We are glad that you had so little car trouble on the way to Michigan and were able to fix Gertrude up at Ann Arbor with the help of an emergency photographer. Did they take her thumb prints?
We phoned the MacMullens as requested. Cosette took the message.
Peg and Virginia Bruckner are having a busy and happy time at White Plains. We have been to the Bruckners to dinner twice, and last night it was followed by the movies. We are both nearly dead for lack of sleep. I told Peg that my brain had stopped running at about three o'clock and she thought that was doing very well, as she had been sleepy all day. So to-night it will be "Early to bed."
It is nice that Winfield came up. How about the riches from the Wendell suit? Glad the well survived the
Yes, we will plant the mountain ash trees when they come. Unfortunately they will not fit into the new wall. Find us something small also. A few tiny hemlocks could be used in the yard.
Peg is cooking splendidly!
I have been going in town regularly and postponing my vacation,--and using up the fifty ride book. I expect to stop work officially about Saturday.
Mr. Olcutt came to see us the Thursday after you left and we looked at the pool and saw Oscar there with his mouth slightly open as if laughing. He has not been seen since and we cannot find him anywhere. I am afraid he has run away again and for good. He has not shown up in the Bruckner's pool. Break the news to Billy. Tell him that I received his letter of August 4th. The turtles are doing well and the fish in the jar seem all right.
We hope you are having a splendid time.
With much love,
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