February 3, 1943
Dear Miss Blaney,
Several days ago I received a letter from The Bryant college Service Club initially addressed to my parents living in Providence and forwarded to me by them. I am enclosing the letter in the hope that it may help clarify what follows herein.
On or about last December tenth I received two pound boxes of candied cherries with the greetings of Bryant College. I was at that time stationed at Ft. Benning, Georgia. As I was to have a leave of ten days starting on the sixteenth of December I did not acknowledge the present by mail, but while home in Providence a few days later I visited good old Bryant, had a very pleasant talk with Mr. Ripley during which time I thanked Bryant through Mr. Ripley for their generous gift.
I’m mighty sorry if I have caused you any inconvenience Miss Blaney; you may be sure the chocolates were appreciated.
I think the idea of a Service Club strictly “Bryant’s Own” is swell, and I’m sure the other fellows in the service appreciate your interest in us as much as I know I do.
Would it be possible to have our school paper sent directly to me? My folks always forward it and I sure do enjoy it but as it is it has to be remailed to me each month. I’d be only too glad to pay any expense it might incur.
My address now is:
Lieut. Earle C. Bowers, Jr.
Company “C,” 346th Infantry
Camp McCain, Mississippi
Again, many thanks for your interest and generous gift.
Yours very truly,
Earle C. Bowers, Jr.