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Dawes, Charles G. (1865-1951) to my dear mother

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02679.05 Author/Creator: Dawes, Charles G. (1865-1951) Place Written: s.l. Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 26 August 1917 Pagination: 2 p. ; 22.5 x 29 cm.

The censor prevents him from writing anything significant but says he is keeping a record of what happens so he will remember after the war. Tomorrow he will have a special birthday dinner. He expects to leave on special detail very soon.

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