April 12, 1944
Lieut.-Col. John Snelling
Nichols General Hospital
On January 8-9th and again on February 5-6th, we had the pleasure of entertaining groups of patients from Nichols Hospital in our commjnity as our weekend guests. We believe the men enjoyed their visit with us, and that the change from the hospital routine did them good. The first group came from Wards 7 and 9; the second group from Wards 46 and 48.
Several times I have talked with Lieut. McMurray, the Special Service Officer, and I think he thoroughly understands our program. When I called him recently, however, about another group coming for a party, he said the hospital authorities are not very anxious to have the men away over night.
While at the hospital a short while ago I met a Major who is, I think, your assistant, but I have forgotten his name. I told him about our parties and he seemed to think the plan was good and that the hospital would be glad to send other groups of men for weekends here.
Much as we would like to continue entertaining groups from the hospital, we do not want to insist if the officers do not feel it is worthwhile and do not want the men our overnight. I will appreciate it very much if you will let me know the attitude of the hospital authorities so that I can be guided accordingly.
Enclosed is a copy of my first letter to Lieut. McMurray which explains a little more aobut our parties.
Jesse G. Dorsey
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