Letter from Manning Nelson to his wife, Elizabeth, July 10, 1943


Letter from Manning Nelson to his wife, Elizabeth, July 10, 1943


Letter written from Manning to "Lib" while stationed at Carlisle Barracks, Pa.



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Richland (S. C.)


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July 10, 1943

Dearest Lib,

Well, we have been here a little over a week. It seems like about six months. This eight hour classroom work each day is sure getting me down. We just finished our last class. Can you imagine going to class until 5 o’clock on saturday. The material they are giving is very concentrated and intestive [sic]. Beleive [sic] it will be very usefull [sic] when we leave.

I’m complaining as usual today. We all received our typhoid and smallpox vaccine yesterday and there are plenty of sore arms today. I had the tetanus vaccine the day before.

I want to write about something now that has worried me a great deal. I would like for you to come up here but I feel like I would be doing you an


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injustice. I say this because I can’t get off except for saturday night and sunday. Also you will be very lonesome up here: I have to go to class at eight o’clock and won’t be able to get back until around five in the afternoon. At night I’ll have to study as no fooling this course requires some studying. You see why I’ve hesitated to ask you to come up. Think that it will be best to let you decide. My financial condition isn’t so good but beleive [sic] we can get along. I want you to understand that I will be willing to wait. Also this waiting my be until the war is over. I’m afraid that I’ve not made myself clear. What I’m trying to say is that I’d wait for you, forever.

Think that if we don’t get married this month or before about six weeks we might not be able to get married before going accross [sic]. Please if you rather wait, tell me and I’ll be glad to wait. If you rather wait until I get to Camp Pickett that’ll suit me.

Hope if we do get married we’ll have some time to be together after I’ve finished up here.

I’ll wait for your answer to make any plans and they can’t be definite. Think the latter

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part of the month will be the best time.

Hope you are able to go down and see my folks. Please don’t mention anything about there being any possibility of me being sent accross [sic]. There is no certainty that I’ll be sent accross [sic] but I always look at the worse outlook so I’ll never be disappointed.

Please be frank with me,

All my love,

P.S. Sorry you didn’t get to go to the beach. I trust you and love you with all my heart.

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[See original document for envelope.]


Nelson, Manning, “Letter from Manning Nelson to his wife, Elizabeth, July 10, 1943,” The Citadel Archives Digital Collections, accessed July 21, 2024, https://citadeldigitalarchives.omeka.net/items/show/1422.