John L. Perley papers  1864
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Collection Scope and Content Note

This collection is made up of 62 letters that Martha Shaulson of Providence, Rhode Island, wrote to her sweetheart, Lieutenant Charles H. Meyer of the United States Army Air Forces, from January 30, 1944-July 15, 1945.

Shaulson, who signed herself "Marthie," wrote of her daily life and experiences in Providence. She often commented on her siblings Joe and Ruth, and on her visits with their children. In her letter of April 22, 1945, she shared news of her nephew's enlistment and identified other family members who were serving in the armed forces, including her brother Philip. Shaulson wrote about her social activities and described occasional visits to the beach; to Atlantic City, New Jersey; and to Barrington, Rhode Island. The Shaulson family had difficulty hiring a housekeeper, and Martha sometimes expressed her distaste for household chores. She reported that her family celebrated most traditional Jewish holidays and observed the Sabbath (October 8, 1944). In her letter of July 19, 1944, Shaulson shared her thoughts about the progress of Russian troops in Europe. In her final letter, Shaulson enclosed a card photograph of herself with a new hairstyle (July 15, 1945).

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