Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum

Salisbury, Spencer, 1887-1967; Bostian, Kenneth V., 1893-1980

Letter from Harry S. Truman to Bess Wallace, August 17, 1918. Family, Business, and Personal Affairs Papers - Family Correspondence File.

Aug. 17, 1918

Dear Bess:

I am enclosing you a film of me on horseback taken at Angers. The pictures I was going to send you were a failure. I looked like someone else and that someone else looked like he was dizzy or mad or something so I tore 'em up and threw them away.

I had another ecstatic day yesterday – got your letter dated July 25. You forgot to number it but I guess it's five because 1, 2, 3, 4 were before it. You should if you haven't already done so look in the Saturday Evening Post of May 18 and see the place I was inspected again a few days ago. I passed. You can guess the rest. It may be several days before I can write but if I can cable before I get to write I'll do so. Don't you be worried though because there is not anything to worry about. If I make a successful Battery Commander from now on I shall have done Uncle Samuel the best service I know how and if I make failure I'll have done my best so what more can anyone expect. The Bostians should be proud of their sons but they are doing no more no less than the rest of us so they shouldn't be obnoxious about it. Kenneth is now in command of E Battery and will be a Captain soon I think. He is a good officer and I think will make a success of his job. I like him all right and would bet on him. Salisbury stays here to go to school.

Some of our officers left today to go to the US for instructors. I am glad I don't have to go until I get to the front awhile then if I'm successful I hope for that luck. Please keep writing and I'll do it too. I've got to run will try and send another tomorrow.

Yours always


Harry S. Truman Capt Bty D 129 FA American E.F.

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