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May 28, 1917
I am taking my first turn as officer
in charge to-day and as I have to stay
in this room all day and recieve all
complaints, impact everything and see
that everything goes on smoothly, it seems
a good chance to get some correspondence.
You are no doubt sick of sending
me stuff, but this is such a good place to
wear out old stuff during the practice part of
the day, that I am continually thinking
of something new that might be useful. I had
half of two pairs of pajamas home that I could
utilize, also the black walking shoes, rubber
solid and a couple of sheets, would come in
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Taking his new responsibilities seriously, Tom Ashley uses his "officer of the day" duty to write to his mother to once again request that a package be sent to him in Virginia. Since civilian clothes are allowed during part of the training days, he requests some clothes from home "to wear out." He has bought the required uniforms but complains that they are white and are easily, for him, anyway, soiled. Again, he reassures his parents that there are no plans for his company to leave for France.
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Letter to Gertrude Porter Ashley
| author Thomas Williams Ashley (1894-1918)
| date May 28, 1917
| location Virginia
| height 10.0"
| width 8.0"
| process/materials manuscript, paper, ink
| item type Personal Documents/Letter
| accession # #L01.040
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