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The Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project

Letter from Glory Hancock to Favie, 18 February 1918

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Object ID: WV0181.4.014

Description: Glory Hancock expects to be able to take leave in May if there is not a major offensive. She writes to her father's fiancé in hopes of expediting this process. Don is going to meet up with her soon.

Creator: Glory Hancock

Biographical Info: Glory Hancock, a nurse during WWI, worked in a hospital in Belgium from July 1918 to February 1919.

Collection: Glory Hancock Letters

Rights: It is responsibility of the user to follow the copyright law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code). Materials are not to be reproduced in published works without written consent, and any use should credit Jackson Library, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Full Text: Z93 From Belge, Feb 18,

Dearest Favie-I'm still glowing with joy that you two dears are married but long to see you & will in May unless theres [sic] a big attack on this front & I can't get away. My leave has gone through but after I get all my Belgium papers it takes 20 days or more to fix up my British & American ones. So please write Mr. Page & ask him to give me a letter helping me through & I will call for it personally at the Embassy when I get to London. You have to get your papers signed at least 14 days before you sail & as I'll only get 6 weeks leave for America I don't want to waste 14 of those days fiddling with papers in London a letter from the Ambassador (your pal) will save my waiting in long ques [sic] to get to the American Consul-- & Permit Offices- then Mr. Page's letter-- finish --the same landing on the other side.

Theres nothing like a "pull with the Management" is there. I've got a wonderful one in Belgium. Hobnobbing with Crowned heads is very effective on the lesser [illegible] Please tell me where you are & where you'll be and everything. I'd love to get to Tarboro for a minute after I've seen you & hugged Sylva.

It takes 9 days or more to cross. The boats give me a reduction on my ticket which I am glad of. The guns are going tonight so I guess I'll have a busy night. Got such a lovely letter from Mrs. Maxwell & my diploma & pin are in Paris waiting for me. Wasn't it splendid of them.

I can't write any more. Have last of the gifts (?) & any how thinking I'll see you before very long has made me restless. I'll say it all when I get there if I'm not torpedoed on route. I haven't seen Don since August but he is coming up for the night next week on his way back from leave. Prince A is arranging it for me & Harding (?) to meet him at Bologne.

I'm as determined as ever! [illegible] away my life is absolutely useless as it is. so is his if he'd only realize it-- only I'm not bothering him about it till the war is over. My youth will probably be over too & nothing will matter. I couldn't or wouldn't want to try to hold any one who didn't want to stay. If he had let me go as he promised to last year - it would have been all over and forgotten & I'd have been happily married to the man I love as it is I've given him his [illegible] (You can't go on with a thing like this with out something happening) & he is in Italy now with the 23rd Division & I'll probably never see him again.

[illegible] What fun Don gets out of paying my bills & having me dash out with other men [illegible] home on leave when he is there as often as I can --I can't see--

I don't want to be his widow. He loves living (Though what he gets out of it beats me). I'm proud of his career & help him all I can. But could do the same if I wasn't legally tied to him & be twice as nice to him. Now if I am halfway [illegible] he thinks I've changed my mind. It's too late now for him to do anything that will help the war. He's unconsciously ruined the rest of my like & I reckon I deserve it. I've never given him anything worth having but he's learned (?) all along to hang on Keeps promising if I met the man he'd let me go--well so much for love & promises. Your ever loving Glory