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[[preprinted]] [[image: Navy ship]] U.S.S. HOUSTON [[/preprinted]]

Everett, Wash.
July 2, 1939.

Dear Doctor: -
The papers and booklets on the Presidential cruise which have been mailed to me have been received, and I want to thank you for them. I have found them very interesting, and I will want to keep them as reminders of that cruise, which was a fine one, and one to be long remembered for its associations:
I expect to be relieved on here in a week or so, and go to duty with the Pacific Coast Section of the Board of Inspection and Survey, with Headquarters at Long Beach, Calif. I was sorry that the Alaskan cruise was delayed, twice now, as I had hoped to make a third Presidential cruise on this ship.
Many of the officers who were on here when you were aboard have left, but a few like Kelly and Torhutten are left.
All of us were agreed on one point, that you are a fine shipmate, so much so, that we were all genuinely sorry