S.S. Recruting officeSan Antionio Tex.,March 15, 1941Dearest Vernelle,
Well Darling how is the measles serving you by now, I hope you are completely well by this time. I mean now Mar. 15, 1941 at 3:30 o'clock and by the way it's Saturday too.
When we got to town last night we didn't even get off the bus therefore I didn't have a chance to send you a telegram like I promised and I can't get off to go to town until they get ready to send us home, and I don't know if it will be early enough tonight for me to send you a telegram but I hope so, because I am afraid that you are beginning to wonder if I am still alive or not. well I am, and very much so, I failed the Physical on acount of weak eyes. I knew it about 11:30 this morning and I wish to got I could let you know about it but I can't do anything about it just now if I expect to get a free ride home.
I'm pretty sure that I will beat this home but I am just waiting so I backed up against the wall on the office porch and began scribbling.
It took us until 9:45 last night to get here and we didn't have to wait over, more than an hour in all.
Well I believe I will sign off and tell you more about it when I see you.
Your loving hubby,Leon
A couple of things occur to me when I read this letter written from my daddy to my mother not long after they were married. It was two years before I was born and he went, as his brothers, J. D. and Floyd Richards, had before him, to enlist in the military at the beginning of WWII. He was not a highly educated man and there are several errors in the letter in form and spelling - but not many. I was surprised that he spelled some of the more difficult words correctly, such as telegram, Physical, completely. Also, I wondered about his spelling of the word he meant to be "God" - spelling it "got". It seems I have seen that before. Maybe it was a regional use. I have placed images of the letter below.
I learned about Amanuensis Monday through John Newmark at Transylvanian Dutch: Genealogy and Family History If you would like to join us in posting your transcriptions, leave a comment on John's blog. I'd also love to hear from you, as well!