Percy J. Burnes Papers
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Percy J. Burnes wrote these letters (many quite lengthy) to his wife Audrey Hartman in New York City, while he worked in a U.S. Army office in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The letters begin August 17, 1918, and end in early November 1918. The collection includes some discussion of Percy's work in the U.S. Army office, although his letters were subject to military censorship rules. The primary focus of his letters is on his relationship with Audrey and their plans. Most of the correspondence consists of expressions of his love for her, although both are beset by strong feelings of the loneliness of separation. He also expresses continued concern that he has caused her to be unhappy, professing repeatedly that his goal in life is to be worthy of her and to make her happy.