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Gordon Luck Letter to Leonora Fetters

Identifier: SC 01407

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Seven page letter from Gordon Luck to his love interest, Leonora. Luck is a Private in the Army working at General Field Hospital #16 in France. Luck is a doctor who dispenses medications within the hospital. In his letter he informs Leonora that he was promoted to First Class Private which will increase his pay by $3.60 per month. Luck reports on his work, dealings with colleagues, and discourages Leonora for wanting to be in the war as it is not as glorious of an endeavor as she may think. He mentions a recent funeral to illustrate his point. He describes the town of Eu near the hospital, how prices are highest for US soldiers compared to Canadian and English soldiers because of their higher earnings. He also reports watching a Charlie Chaplain film, "The Property Man", a comedy called "Love, Mumps, and Bumps", and a western called, "The Outbreak". He also makes mention of the Eastman film he has his eye on and intends to buy along with his new camera at the end of the war.


  • Creation: 1917 November 11

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Gary Barranger, class of ’73 Law ’76.

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