Collection of 5 World War I Era Autograph Letters - Helen B. Van Meter, Corporal W. P. Wells and Vernon Sykes

Van Meter, Helen B., Corporal W. Wells and Vernon Sykes

Publication Date: 1918
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Collection of 5 letters, 12 pages total, with original envelopes. All of the letters are addressed to Miss Bina Freeman of Chillicothe, Ohio. Three are from Helen B. Van Meter (1885-1974), an American Army nurse working in Europe. The first is postmarked Dec 12, 1917 and is written on the back of a color, Christmas-themed French postcard. The second is dated March 1, 1918. Nurse Van Meter tells Miss Freeman that she took the liberty of giving Miss Freeman's address to a soldier in the hopes that a pen pal would cheer him up. She also says, "I was very proud of the fine appearance of our Americans in Paris." This letter also includes a two inch cloth doll in the image of a nurse. The third letter has a brief note from Nurse Van Meter and a longer letter from Private W. Wells, known as Jock, who is the soldier she wrote about earlier. In his letter, Private Wells says "we get along all right with Sammy and his Sisters", meaning the American soldiers and nurses. He also tells Miss Freeman that he is from Dumfries in Scotland. In the next letter, dated August 7, 1918, from Birmingham, England, Corporal Wells relates how he was wounded in the left wrist while fighting with Americans between Reims and Soissions, France (probably in the Battle of Soissons, July 18-22, 1918). He says, "Since the days of that bonnie Prince of ours.there never were better comrades in arms." He also expresses confidence that the War will be over soon, "Fritz in beaten to his knees only he doesn't want to give in he is beaten." All of the preceding letters were opened by censors. The last letter is dated May 31, 1918, on Camp Merritt, New Jersey letterhead. Vernon Sykes, 332 Infantry stationed at Camp Merritt, expresses gratitude for Miss Freeman's hospitality. Bookseller Inventory #

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Title: Collection of 5 World War I Era Autograph ...
Publication Date: 1918
Binding: No Binding
Book Condition: Collectible-Very Good

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