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Diamond, Sidney, (1922-1945) to Estelle Spero

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC09120.265 Author/Creator: Diamond, Sidney, (1922-1945) Place Written: Noumea, New Caledonia Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 5 September 1943 Pagination: 6 p. ; 17.5 x 27 cm.

Diamond tells Estelle that she cannot possibly realize "what fortitude and elation mail from home occasions". Sidney proceeds to give detailed history of all contact with a girl named Harriet in order to quash Estelle's fears about his relationship with her.

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