Letter from Elizabeth Nelson to her husband, Manning, May 5, 1945


Letter from Elizabeth Nelson to her husband, Manning, May 5, 1945


Elizabeth wrote this letter to her husband, Manning, while he was stationed in the Pacific. These letters reached Manning after he had been killed and hence, were returned to Elizabeth. They were still sealed and unopened when they arrived at The Citadel Archives.


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Richland (S. C.)


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May 5, 1945

My Darling,

Today has been spent in the usual way - came off duty this morning and sleepy. Worked hard last night. My sick patient was still there when I left, but I doubt he’ll be there tonight. It hurts me to watch his family and to know that there’s nothing that I or anyone can do for for him. Sometimes I think that I might have too much sympathy, but then I think that I wouldn’t want to be any other way. If I thought that I had to be like some of the other nurses around here, I wouldn’t want to stay any longer. No doubt you’ve read or heard about the articles in Reader’s Digest and other magazines about The Veterans Administration. But then I wonder if you have time for that or even have the magazine to read.

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Well, anyway, I’ll give you the “low-down” on everything when you get home.

Oh! when that day comes. I often wonder what it’ll be like and what we’ll do. I think I’ll be so overcome with joy ‘till I’ll hardly be able to stand. That’s the thing that keep [sic] me going from one day to the next is knowing that you’ll come back to me some day. It can’t be as long as it has been. If I keep on at this you’ll find out how much I really love you and how much you mean to me - more than words can tell. Hope you don’t mind a little “mush”. Wish that I could receive some “mush” or anything from you.

Take care of yourself for me. I love you with all my heart.

All my love,

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[See original document for envelope.]


Nelson, Elizabeth, “Letter from Elizabeth Nelson to her husband, Manning, May 5, 1945,” The Citadel Archives Digital Collections, accessed July 16, 2024, https://citadeldigitalarchives.omeka.net/items/show/1542.