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The Wilbur A. Sawyer Papers

Title:
Letter from Wilbur A. Sawyer to Margaret Sawyer pdf (178,434 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Letter from Wilbur A. Sawyer to Margaret Sawyer
Description:
Like his Rockefeller Foundation job, Dr. Sawyer's work for the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA) required much traveling. In early 1946 he went to China to assess the post-war public health situation and the UNRRA programs already in place. In this letter, he informed Mrs. Sawyer that his plans to sail for home had been delayed (due to lack of available transport) and described the farewell dinner given for him.
Item is handwritten.
Number of Image Pages:
4 (178,434 Bytes)
Date:
1946-04-21 (April 21, 1946)
Creator:
Sawyer, Wilbur A.
Recipient:
Sawyer, Margaret
Rights:
This item is in the public domain. It may be used without permission.
Subject:
Medical Subject Headings (MeSH):
Public Health
Exhibit Category:
Post-War Work: UNRRA and Retirement, 1944-1951
Box Number: 2
Folder Number: 21
Unique Identifier:
LWBBMW
Document Type:
Letters (correspondence)
Language:
English
Format:
application/pdf
image/tif
Physical Condition:
Good
Series: Correspondence, 1911-1995
SubSeries: Personal correspondence, 1911-1995
Folder: 1946-1947
Transcript:
Easter Sunday
April 21, 1946
Dear Margaret,
I had plans to leave for home on the Constellation, but now it is announced that it will take no passengers on the return run. What a disappointment for all ten of the UNRRA people listed to return. We proceeded at once to try and get places for at least 2 or 3 of us on the army ATC plane, only to be told that the ATC would soon fold up and would take no more civilian passengers. So I may
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have to return via Europe after all. To-morrow we shall have to explain all the possibilities.
I have been given a farewell dinner with gifts, and now am definitely a "Pan-American Ghost," as described by Lewis Hackett. One of my personal gifts was a pair of chops or seals. One carries my official name, something sounding like Sooyah, and the other my nickname which is translated "Peony Old Man." The reasons are said to be phonetic. The chop with 4 characters is the nick-name.
Dr. Borcic and Dr. Chang Wei of CNRRA gave the dinner in a chinese Restaurant. It was
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particularly pleasant because all the guests spoke English and the conversation was lively and pleasant.
The original plans would have brought me home for your birthday and Ruth's. If I don't make it, you will know I tried. A couple of days ago we got a telegram from Dr. Bryan urging me to return as soon as possible, but explaining nothing. I hope that there is no crisis in the office or at home. I shall come when
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I can, for I have finished my work here.
The fruit trees are still blossoming in the country, but the city is noisy, crowded, and dirty. I am glad that I had chances to travel out into the country and to other towns.
I send my best love and before long I hope to be with you.
Your
Wilbur A Sawyer
"Peony Old Man"
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