August 25, 1940
Bless your heart, old-timer, I’m right grateful to you for your faithfulness in writing so often. Tell a recalcitrant Dan he is not following my paternal injunctions as he ought in the matter of writing to his old Dad. So far his account of your ducal adventures is the only word I have had from you. Ah, me, what it is to have a lady love who must engross all of one’s writing time. If, when and as you get a girl, reserve some time for the home folks, even if it has to be provided for by formal treaty.
Your letter to Dick came through very promptly – – in fact it arrived directly on his birthday. In it, of course, was your letter also to me, and your letter to Elizabeth which arrived yesterday also contained your letter to me with its enclosure of $20 in money order of the realm. You shouldn’t of did it, unless you can well spare it, because as you well see from the enclosed accounting, Dick has already made six payments of five dollars each in payment for the Packard, and while I have not drawn on any of this, pending your instructions, it is available, and I would not like to feel you are skimping on your living expenses to pay back the few things I was able to take care of for you during your starting period.
By the same token, don’t plan on sending the $25 a month you so generously offer unless and until you can do so without the least inconvenience. A father’s job is to help his boys, you know, not be a burden to them.
I have asked Dick to get out the clothes you mentioned and will send them on to you, as you request. I will also see what I can do about purchasing the uniform pants and shirt. I will and enclose with this letter a financial accounting of my expenditures on your account and will also send a similar accounting for Dan.
Wil you please send me a full description of what happened to the Willys? How, when and where (to whom) did you sell it? How much did you bring, etc.? I have referred to this several times in past letters but so far with no result. I am making a separate paragraph of this request and emphasizing it in red to ensure an answer. Do I get it?
I wonder if you or Dan can dig up without much trouble or expense a map of Anchorage, on which you can spot where you live and eat and work. It would be interesting if you could
As to the thin paper, I forgot to mention in my last week letter that a supply of these had already been mailed you by regular mail which ought to arrive fairly soon.
The old Plymouth is still running on all six although for two mornings running during the damp weather I was unable to get it started, and had to send for Steve one time and Arnold the next. The trouble seemed to be in the ignition system with wires getting damp or oily and short-circuiting a bit. Lately however it seems to be okay. I read somewhere that the Buick people were planning to get out a new model this fall and had already stopped production on the present model to get tools built for the 1941 car.
Aunt Betty has in mind giving up her room at the Seipps after the holidays and either living in New York for the winter or, if she can find suitable location at a reasonable sum, to go to Florida for a time, say until May.
I believe it is very important that we elect Willkie and I wish one of you fellows would start a Willkie Club there in Anchorage. Have you affiliated with any church? If for no other reason it affords a good opportunity for a newcomer in the community to meet new friends.
Tomorrow I’ll begin posting another letter by Grandpa to the boys, with a special letter to Lad.