Letter from Harry S. Truman to Bess Wallace, March 26, 1918. Family, Business, and Personal Affairs Papers - Family Correspondence File.
Camp Merritt, N.J. Mar. 26, 1918
Your good letter came yesterday evening when I got back out to camp from New York. I was sure glad to hear from you. I suppose you got my night letter and my regular letter from the McAlpin. We went to the Winter Garden Sunday night and saw the rottenest vaudeville show I ever saw or ever hope to see. It couldn't even play at the Globe and get by in Kansas City. New York is a very much overrated burg. It merely keeps its rep by its press agents' continually harping on the wonder of it. There isn't a town west of the Mississippi of any size that can't show you a better time.
We walked up Broadway after supper. The street was all torn up and as far as bright lights go they looked no brighter to me than Twelfth most any night. I went to the top of the Woolworth Building, 793 feet and 1 inch above the street. Saw the whole town for fifty cents. It was a grand sight. Could see the whole of New York, Brooklyn, Jersey City, Hoboken, Weehawken and all. I am going to see Central Park today. We will sail this week. I can't tell you the day but will mail you letters right up to the time, and when they cease coming you'll know I've gone. I must run. Keep on writing-the letters will be forwarded.
Yours always, Harry