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Thursday, March 7, 2019 12:01 am

archival poem #1

1921 letter, to his son, my father, a
freshman at Northwestern University,
from his father, my grandfather:
“Your detailed letter received. I
liked it very much in that it told
exactly what you were doing but
it displeased me greatly that you  
were doing as you are. I am not  
going to write a lecture, you know
what I think and what I expect you
are at school for. You are not getting   
it and I cannot see that it is possible  
for you to do so at that school with   
your present environments and at  
your present age. I would not object  
at all to have you drop school at once  
and take a new start in a year or two  
when you are more mature in your  
purposes. There is one thing I must  
warn you of.  You indicate that you  
are getting in with a new flock of  
girls. I do not like the tone of your  
letter regarding this. . . .  “  


©2018 Jacqueline Jackson

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