Index of Letters
Letters from Roslyn to Walter Felson sent during World War II
January 12, 1944
Wednesday nite
12 p.m.

My darling! --

I've been so elated since receiving 12 letters from you today dearest. This is, I'm elated, until I realize that several weeks have passed since these letters were written -- and then I begin wondering where you are and what has happened since then. I read the letters avidly, and have reread them about 4 times now, and I'm still not finished. They make me feel so very near you, not as if you were thousands of miles away.

One letter seems to be missing, since I found one in large type which was a continuation and I seem to find no other that follows the same trend of thought. Perhaps I'll get it in tomorrow's mail.

I was rather surprised to receive the original v mail letters rather than a miniature photograph, and then too, there was no censor's stamp on them.

I finally arranged the letters in consecutive order -- and the make darned good reading. As soon as I have time I'm planning on re-arranging all your letters and keeping them in order -- we'll have to publish them after its all over -- they will have to be censored tho.

Sweets, your letter of reminisces -- about our happy years together was a masterpiece. It brought back things so vividly and did I shed the tears! I think we both must have had a good case of the blues at the same time -- as you will notice by my previous letters.

All 12 of your letters were written aboard ship and they were all postmarked Jan 3 -- HPA Army Postal Service. I received the letter exactly one week after the cable.

I wonder if you have seen John Driver -- from what I understand you are in the same area.

Edith came up tonight -- she has moved in with Irv and Rosalyn and is going in training on the 25th. She tells me Ben is probably in England. Ginny received a letter today. Stevie is to be operated for an inguinal hernia next week -- poor kid. Zeninger will perform the operation.

Edie says its wonderful to watch Irv with the baby. He talks to her and says she is beautiful and actually believes she is very unusual and precocious for her age -- just as all parents do.

Received a letter from Louise, which I'll enclose.

I went over to the church tonight with Marian T. to hear Miriam Urban speak on Russia. She gave a very enlightening talk and was most interesting. She really puts on an act and knows how to put herself across to the audience.

I left Judy and Elaine in Edie's care. Edith had just arrived as I was leaving. When I returned Edith told me that Judy came down from upstairs -- she had been in bed, and smothered with kisses and talked the blue streak. She has become so affectionate lately. She kisses me innumerable times during the day and is always whispering sweet nothings in my ear.

Edith tells me that she went to Al Brown about her eyes and he really was very blunt with her. He told her she had scar tissue formed on her eyes and part of her eyesight was lost permanently and she may become blind! He really frightened her terribly. She spoke to Harry Aalzer about it and he said it was no new development and that it was the same report that Weintraub and Levine had made. He told her he didn't expect her to make the grade in nursing. Who knows? It's worth the trial if she wants it so badly. I think it was very tactless of Al Brown to give Edie such a prognosis.

I had hoped you would meet Ben, but it looks as if you won't be near each other.

Oh sweets, how I wish it were all over and we could continue our happy marriage together and enjoy our wonderful children together. I hope you don't miss too much of their interesting childhood development.

I love you with all my heart dearest.



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