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

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02679.40 Author/Creator: Dawes, Charles (1865-1951) Place Written: s.l. Type: Typed letter signed Date: 30 June 1919 Pagination: 5 p. ; 22 x 27 cm.

His departure will be delayed until July 20th because of further negotiations with the French Government. He describes his trip to England. He and other military associates went to the christening of his godson. They met William Dawes and his wife and headed to the church located in a small village. Then they had lunch and engaged in in old village customs. He planted a tree to represent the recent peace treaty. They visited the cemetary. He is glad the English and American branch of the family have come together.

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