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August 23, 1925

Jacksonville Beach, Fla.,
Sunday PM.

My Dear Sweetheart,

When it rains it pours. I had two letters this morning and I am mighty happy over them too. It seems mighty good to plan our wedding, though Dear, you are too considerate of me. To be sure, it is perfectly all right to have it at the church. All the time I have expected you to suggest that it be there, for I realize that there will be more room and too your friends whom you would not care to invite to your home would not have any reason to feel offended if it were at the church. If it were at your home it would probably mean a reception afterwards. Will this be necessary if we have it at the church? I hope not, but just as you say. It would seem that four or five o’clock in the afternoon would be a good time, and I believe that it would be well to leave shortly afterwards. Do you plan to be married in a traveling suit or would you change clothes before leaving? This is all for you to decide, and whatever you say, suits me.

August 23, 1925 (Walter)

August 23, 1925

I wish that I knew at this time whether we would come direct to Florida or whether we would live in Dallas before coming. I’d rather come down here and perhaps we could spend a little while in Dallas before coming. If we stay in Dallas for a while perhaps it would be well to have the honeymoon before going there, as we would meet quite a few people while there and I’d rather see them after we have been together more.

After I have been down the state I expect to write Mr. Bishopp and suggest what I would like to do, and I believe he will agree with me. He has promised that I could be in Johns Hopkins for about three months this winter or spring, but if we cannot get an appropriation to work on creeping eruption I don’t feel that I want to put special effort on nematodes. I would rather work on C.E. as much as possible this fiscal year and then start the new fiscal year on a problem for which we can get an appropriation. The work at Hopkins would be good regardless of what I am working on, but it would be more helpful if I went there while I had a problem for which we were getting appropriations. I’d get more out of the course. If I spend the winter and spring on C.E. I’ll get more credit on this work, and believe me I want all I am entitled to.

Mr. Bishopp is taking his work for a PhD now and I am inclined to believe that it will push him along more at this time than if he had taken it several years ago. It seems to be a good idea to get as high as possible then get the doctor’s degree for an additional push. There are a few young men in the Bureau who came to us with a doctors degree and they are getting about the same that I am. I don’t believe they will climb any faster than I will, for they are on problems of less importance and will have to show some results in order to climb.

I am not writing Mr. Bishopp at this time about spending the whole time down here, for after I have been down the state I may find a more desirable place to live where I can work on C.E. and another problem. He is inclined to stay away from the other problems until we have money for them and in that event I think it would be mighty fine for us to live here at Jax Beach until the latter part of the next June and then go down there. By that time, perhaps, I’ll have the C.E. worked up in pretty good shape.

I don’t know whether I am making all of this clear to you, Dear, but I hope you understand. Regardless of whether I come here or go to Dallas, it need not interfere with our plans of the wedding. We are going to have a little home of our own here in Florida, that is a sure thing, and I am anxious for you to be down here with me. I can probably make a pretty definite plan after I have been down the state, and have seen what they will do toward getting an appropriation. Once it is started we can ask for our requirements every year, but we can’t ask for the original appropriation, or at least we are not supposed to do it.

I am getting to where I want to see you awfully bad, Sweetheart, and I want you to know that I love you more than I can tell you.

Always your,

Box 61

July 30, 1925

Thursday Night
11 50 PM

My Dear Sweetheart,

If this letter smells like shrimp I won’t be surprised.* We went out to Dr. KS home and all of us spent about an hour on the river fishing for shrimp with a net. Then we helped prepare them & fix some shrimp cocktails. Have just returned from there, and thoroughly enjoyed the lunch. To prepare them was a tedious task, but I wanted to know how to do it so I could tell you. May be you already know, but I have an idea that I can tell you all about it provided you don’t know.

July 29, 1925 (Walter)

July 29, 1925 (Walter)

Your letter of this noon gave me a real kick to have you call me Sweetheart. It was the first time I had ever been called that, and Dear I have never called anyone that except yourself. I only wish I knew some name I could call you which would be a little stronger than this. I certainly do love you Sweetheart and I guess I’ll always want to be with you as much as possible.

I note that you address me as Dr sometimes. It is OK to say Mr, as KS understands and my mail at his office usually comes as Mr. I rather feel that I get a title to which I am not entitled, but I am called that most of the time. Even Dr. White gives me the title down here. It doesn’t make any difference, so suit yourself. (Sweetheart sounds nicer).

I am glad that you enjoyed Hondo. Somehow I feel better when I know that you are wearing the ring, as I feel that someone will not be so apt to think that he has a chance for you.

Must go to sleep as I am about that point now. I love you, Dear, with all my heart and I’ll try to always be a sweetheart of yours.


500 Prof. Bldg.

*It does not smell like shrimp. Having been stored with some old “Kodak Safety Film” 16mm movies (now archived at Johns Hopkins University), it and all of the other letters smell like vinegar.

September 5, 1924

Jacksonville Fla
Friday PM

My Dear Ina,

At last the picture is framed and I am posting it with this letter. The man had been ill ever since I left the order and they sent the job out for me. Sorry to have kept you waiting but couldn’t help it.

September 5, 1924

September 5, 1924

From what Mr. Bishopp said I’ll probably be here more than a month yet. Dr. K.S. says he is going to keep me here and talks of going to Washington about it. I don’t think he will do that, for there is no creeping eruption after frost and during dry seasons. It would hardly justify me to spend the whole time here yet. He has a big heart and would do most anything for me. Says he thinks Florida ought to have a whole Bureau of Entomology to work on various things and I ought to be the head of it. I can’t seem to make him understand that work on citrus fruits, etc. is not my line, and that I am purely interested in medical entomology. He says I can do all of it with assistance, and he is in favor of raising my salary a couple of times. His hearing is not good and it is difficult to talk with him. Has lots of energy, enthusiasm and pep. His family are returning tomorrow A.M. and he would rather they would wait a while before returning. I guess the wife is pretty strict.

He likes to take a drink and she doesn’t approve of it. Her folks do but she is different. I have been a guest of his but will get a room in a private family this evening. Have one located but haven’t been there yet.

There are very few cases of creeping eruption now due to the dry weather, though we had three yesterday. I haven’t been able to prove my findings as yet but have found nothing to indicate that I was wrong. Have some experiments under way and I hope to clean up the cause so that it is without question. Am sending material to Dr. White and Dr. Ransom in Washington so that they can verify what I am doing. Dr. Ransom should be here with me but there is hardly enough to keep us busy with new cases now. I am mighty glad that Mr. Bishopp came down for now he realizes that it is a difficult problem.

I am anxious to hear from you. It seems like an awfully long time, though you have been very good to write often and long letters too. I wouldn’t take anything for those enlargements. Have them handy where I can admire you. You are so sweet that one couldn’t help but love you.

8 P.M.

Have just returned from Mrs. Gallager’s where I engaged a room. Dr. K.S. nurse at the office phoned her and I believe it will be a very nice place, clean, cool and comfortable. Mrs. Robinson must have told her Dr. Dove for that is what she calls me. I hope none of them have a fit or stroke. If they do I’ll have to quote Dr. Hunter “I’m not that kind of a Doctor.” That’s what he told a farmer who wanted him to operate on his horse. Dr. Kirby-Smith gave me the degree when I arrived though he is aware of the fact that I do not have a Doctors degree. It simplifies matters in the minds of patients who might be too inquisitive were I called Mr. Dove. I hope to have the degree but have made no arrangements for work to that end.

Have heard nothing from Sister since before she was married and I presume she will not write until her honeymoon is over. Could hardly expect her to write. I only hope that she will be always happy with him, and I believe she will.

I trust you won’t think I was too hasty in asking you Dear, for I feel that I have known you a long time and that both of us are old enough to know ourselves. I am anxious to hear from you, for I love you with the most tender affections.

With a sweet goodnight,