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The Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project

Letter from Catherine Cayle to friend, 1944

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Object ID: WV0232.4.004

Description: Cayle has learned of the death of her boyfriend and thanks Mrs. Dickson for the consoling letter. She is relieved to know that her mother and sister have moved into their apartment.

Creator: Catherine Cayle

Biographical Info: Catherine Cayle served in the Army Nurse Corps from 1942 to 1945.

Collection: Catherine Cayle Letters

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Full Text:

My dear faithful friend: -

What your letter did for me, coming as it did when it seemed my world had stopped - you'll never know - I can't and I'm not going to try to understand - I'm only thinking that it must have happened for some good reason - or God would have spared his brillant [sic] life.

As you said, though I had given up the idea of being his wife - he still meant more to me than I was big enough to admit - He was such a fine person & such a brillant [sic] figure in medicine - I can't imagine what laurels he'd have won for himself had he lived -

I'm feeling much better & gratified to have lost 7 lbs - Every one at home (Mom & Mary) have moved into an apartment which relieves my mind - no end - I'm going to have my mother down to visit me sometime in March - if I'm still here -

I'm sorry my letter writing is a bit on the dull side but you'll understand I'm sure -

I loved your comfortable letter

Love

Kitty.