In June of 1946, Sawyer had participated in several weeks of meetings to plan out the World Health Organization. In August,
he traveled to Geneva, where the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA) was meeting to discuss the
organization's future. His letters en route describe the ongoing scarcity of travel accommodations in the first few years
after the end of World War II.
Item is handwritten.
Number of Image Pages:
3 (165,006 Bytes)
1946-07-28 (July 28, 1946)
Sawyer, Wilbur A.
This item is in the public domain. It may be used without permission.
I wish I could share some of this fresh sea air with you. So far we have had perfect weather without any rolling or pitching.
Moreover the food, while simple, is good.
The accommodations are far from luxurious. When I was given my designation to cabin B-2 it suggested a real stateroom with
few people in it. Actually it was the cabin nearest the bow, and
[END PAGE ONE]
[BEGIN PAGE TWO]
it was packed with 21 berths of iron piping and canvas, 3-high and (in the interior of the room) 2-wide. The furniture was
one card-table and two chairs and some hooks in the wall. A sign on the wall told us to consult Miss Pat B[?] if one had
any troubles and I assume from this and a sign in the wash-room about diapers that our quarters have been used by female soldiers
and soldiers' wives and offspring. My ingenious UNRRA associates got busy and removed some of the unoccupied berths,
and this at least gave us a feeling of increased roominess. Every time I turn over in my bunk my arm is likely to rub on
the sagging canvas above. Nevertheless I slept like a top in the cool sea air.
It seems silly to write letters that will have to go to Europe and back to the U.S.A., but I hope they will not bore you or
overflow your wastebasket.
I read in the N.Y. Times that the rumor is that Mr. La Guardia will resign at the Paris meeting. You probably read the same
[END PAGE TWO]
[BEGIN PAGE THREE]
Families are divided on this ship and males are herded together and meeting their families only at meals and on deck. Dr.
O.R. McCoy of the I.H.D. is here with wife, two children, and sister-in-law. The children were unable to sleep because the
lights were blazing after ten o'clock and people and other children were active.
I shall be very anxious to hear about Peggy. Don't hesitate to consult Dr. Leake, D. Bryan, or Dr. Crabtree at the U.S.P.H.S.
Surgeon General's office if you need advice as to a medical man. Probably Peg's trouble will be over before this
letter reaches you; I hope so.