COLONEL WILLIAM W. WEST JR. - COLLECTION - HFSID 345084
The Army Colonel signs a handwritten letter to his father explaining the impact of President McKinley's assassination and that his scores are improving. An official report of his March 1902 scores is included
Sale Price $288.00
COLONEL WILLIAM W. WEST, JR. COMBINATION The Army Colonel signs a handwritten letter to his father explaining the impact of President McKinley's assassination and that his scores are improving. An official report of his March 1902 scores is included (1) Autograph letter signed: "Wm. W. West Jr." in black ink. 4 pages, 5x6¼. New York, September 16, 1901. In full: "Dear Papa, Your letter came to-night, and I am awfully glad to hear from you. I had not written to you for Mama said to write to only place at a time and the letter would be circulated around, and I thought it reach all parties much sooner if I sent it to Phila. first. We all feel Pres. McKinley's death very much, and would like to see his assassin treated as he deserves. We had no studies to day and no drills except Dress Parade this morning at 10. On Thursday there will be no recitations and we will have funeral services in the morning in Memorial Hall. I didn't do well the first week, no any thing extra last week as you will see by Guss' letter but I am doing my best, and if hard work can give me a place in the class I am going to get one. Murphy is awfully nice to me helping me all he can. So are several other men, a Mr. Zane is fine to me and another fellow Oswalt has given me some books which will help me out. I haven't time to write on week days so don't expect any letters then. Are you going to stick to the same old color for the house? Or will you take another one. Love to all, as ever your loving son". Toned. Corners rounded. Normal mailing folds. Lightly soiled on last page. Otherwise, fine condition. (2) Document unsigned. 8x10. Report of the cadet's scores from March, 1902 in his first year at the United States Military Academy, West Point. Dated April 15, 1902. Lightly toned. Three notch tears in left edge. Small tears in surface. Original mailing envelope included. Otherwise, fine condition. (3) Autograph envelope unsigned. 5¼x3½. Addressed to Mr. William W. West in Asheville, North Carolina. Postmarked West Point, September 17, 1901. Toned. Corners rounded. Edges worn. Lightly soiled throughout. Otherwise, fine condition. Colonel William W. West Jr. (1881-1953) was an Army officer and polo player. While a cadet at the United States Military Academy at West Point, he became interested in polo and excelled at horsemanship. He served as part of the cavalry and played polo before and after World War I on competitive teams, including the Olympic Games team at Antwerp in 1920. Colonel West also was an instructor at Cavalry schools. With the threat of World War II reaching US soil, Colonel West, commanding the 7th Cavalry at Fort Bliss, Texas, was already scheduled for retirement in 1942. The outbreak of hostilities caused him to change his plans and in January 1941 he became post executive at Fort Monroe. He didn't retire until the end of the tour, in October 1943, two years beyond the usual retirement age of 60. Three Items.
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