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Letter to Mercy Metcalfe from Alva E Metcalfe

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This item is a letter written on January 24, 1916 by Alva E Metcalfe to Mercy Metcalfe.
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.1033313242482 Longitude: -80.4290413433838
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Letter to Mercy Metcalfe from Alva E Metcalfe, 1916. Burford Township Historical Society, Item No. 1998.061.002.
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Manor House Hospital



Dear Mercy:

I wrote you immediately after

getting your letter from Iowa. Have

received no reply presume there

is one on the way. Got a long

letter from Mrs. Pat. this morning

written on my birthday. She says

you are back in Harley again

happy in your old home. I

wish I could drop in for a few

minutes and talk to you instead

of writing. I believe we could

enjoy one another's society

right up to the hilt for a while

at least, don't you? The Iowa

people seem to have appreciated

your company quite as much as

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you did theirs. Many complimentery

tributes to you are being mentioned

in their letters to me.

I am still in bed Mercy but

hope soon to be up. I could get

around now easily on crutches

but any movement still causes a

hemorrage on my leg. This will

soon be over though and once

again I shall be able to shake

the dust from my heels. We

have really a happy time here

among ourselves. One gets so well

acquainted with the other patients

and the nurses that they seem like

so many brothers and sisters.

I shall be sorry to part with

them when the time comes ---

and yet be glad. Never before since

I was an infant-in-[illegible] have I

been compelled to lie on my back

and be waited on hand and

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foot and I find the experience

anything but agreeable. No it goes

against the grain to lie here and

watch these ladies perform the

minimal duties attendant to a

helpless patient. Happy I shall

be when I'm a sound man again.

Ah, that word "man" just reminds

me that Mrs. Pat recalled to me this

morning the "tragedy of the bathtub"

that happened three years ago when

I became a man. How time does

fly! It seems but yesterday

since I had that unpleasant


Best of good wishes for you

Sincerely yours

Alva E Metcalfe

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Letter to Mercy Metcalfe from Alva E Metcalfe

This item is a letter written on January 24, 1916 by Alva E Metcalfe to Mercy Metcalfe.