Letter Undated FriAM From Norman Thomas to Violet Thomas

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Letter Undated FriAM From Norman Thomas to Violet Thomas

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Description

letter to wife from Norman Thomas re: Evan Thomas and other C.O.s

Subject

WWI conscientious objection / objectors

Coverage

United States

Creator

Thomas, Norman

Source

Swarthmore College Peace Collection

Publisher

Swarthmore College Peace Collection

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Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

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Language

English

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Identifier

CDGA. Thomas Norman -LetterUndatedFriAMToWifeFromNormanPage01,
CDGA. Thomas Norman -LetterUndatedFriAMToWifeFromNormanPage02

Transcription

Kansas City Fri. am

Beloved:
What a world it is! And yet as I telegraphed I believe Mother will be less anxious now that Ralph is actually in hospital with only [a] slight wound.

We are leaving here more cheerful because of Villard’s telegram: “Mock telegraphs Baker will release men. Keppel started for Leavenworth Tuesday. Let us rejoice.” This seems almost too good to be true & may refer to men in solitary.

I’ve telegraphed both Evan & the Commanding Officer because Mother is so sure Evan’s course is not only inadvisable but morally wrong. The situation of Mother – Evan – military – myself has no promise of simplicity and ease. It would have been terrible to let Mother come alone & she has herself well in hand.

Mrs. Tittmann [sp?] met us at the station, took us home in her electric [car] to a lovely part of St. Louis, gave us telegrams and sympathetic

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hearing, the more so because she & her husband (both members [of the] F.O.R.) have a son, an aviator seriously wounded in France. There is much kindness in the world. I wonder what my friends – Civil Liberties Bureau, Villard etc. are doing.

The trip has not been bad. The country is very interesting – flat, rich farm lands tho drought recently bothers[?], has done great damage to corn. There was a bumper wheat crop.

I miss you greatly – your judgment & sympathy and you yourself but am glad you are with the chicks. Thinking of them is my great joy. We’ve got to have a better world for them. The news from France seems good. We may have Germany at a point where she’ll ask for peace on decent terms. I hope this On to Berlin stuff won’t prolong the war.

Dear love,
Norman

Citation

Thomas, Norman, “Letter Undated FriAM From Norman Thomas to Violet Thomas ,” Conscientious Objection & the Great War: 1914-1920, accessed December 13, 2018, http://cosandgreatwar.swarthmore.edu/items/show/1631.

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