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The Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project

Letter from Sammie M. Rice to Estelle Rice, 10 February 1944

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Object ID: WV0257.4.008

Description: Rice, back home in the U.S., writes of mutual friends, pictures that she hopes to send home, and money matters.

Creator: Sammie Rice

Biographical Info: Sammie Mae Rice (1913-2006) was among the first African American nurses to serve in an overseas theater during World War II.

Collection: Sammie M. Rice Papers

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: Dear Hun,

I gave a letter last wk to some one [sic] to mail for me to you evidently the person didn't mail it. Am sorry you have been worried about me & you know you must not do that. I am getting along fine and you are too. We are having some very changeable weather here and I know you must be too-- so please be careful with your self [sic].

Briscoe came down and stayed a couple of days. I was glad to see often such a long time.

Don't worry about Mrs. Henderson & those. If she wanted to move it is all right.

I still want the house fixed.

I am going on night duty on the 14th and will come off on the 28th. I may get a leave when I come off and come home awhile. You know I am tired.

Had a long letter from Edith-- said she had heard from you-- Ann, one of the nurses here who founded St. Agnes, had a letter from Mrs. Wonall-- she was so glad I had a safe return. Have you heard from Mrs. Cuyler recently.

I had the pictures made-- I am hoping I can get them tonight-- I saw the proof and it was good. I think the pictures will be too. You need not wait-- you can go ahead and send some in the write up. Do you need a picture? You know how I hate those others.

I sent mother & [illegible] a Valentine card--

I am glad you started a bank account-- It should have been both of our names-- Mrs. Mattie told me I had $1,105 in the bank in Laurens.

I won't be able to send home as much now-- I only get paid $150 now-- I have to take out $40 each month for living, maid services, mess bill, officers club dues. I have to pay $30 each month for food alone-- so you see I don't make much as I did in Africa.

Have I sent you all of the clippings back? Write soon--

Love, Hun