Category: Letters / Manuscripts

Found Letter: Clair E. Musser Letter Home From Bootcamp Killed in Action USS Sigsbee WWII

This is a letter home from a new Navy sailor at the United States Naval Training Center, Bainbridge Maryland. The letter talks about the daily goings-on at boot camp.

This letter is different in that Clair Musser was killed and lost at sea on April 14th, 1945. Less than 90 days after this letter was writing. The USS Sigsbee destroyer was struck aft of her number five gun by a kamikaze suicide plane off the coast of Okinawa. He was one of twenty-three sailors killed in the attack.

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Found Letter: Astronomer Richard Proctor “The Poetry of Astronomy” Citizen’s Lecture Association

Richard Anthony Proctor was an English astronomer. He is best remembered for having produced one of the earliest maps of Mars in 1867 from 27 drawings by the English observer William Rutter Dawes.

This is a letter sent from Logansport Indiana in 1880, flaunting the coming of Professor Proctor. Proctor was traveling the United States giving his lecture on “The Poetry of Astronomy” or “The Birth and Growth of Worlds”.

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