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Letter

Manuel Reyes

Box 64597
San Quentin, Calif.

June 16, 1943
Dear Alice ..

Recived [sic] your very nice letter, and was glad to hear from you. Well, I am in good health and getting along fine. Well, Alice, today, Mr[sic] "David Cano," was here, he talked to us, he sure seems to be a swell guy. He told us what he, has been doing to help us. Well, I am deeply grateful for what he us doing to help us, and I am sure that the rest of the boys feel the same. Yes, we had an interview with the warden, he's a very fine man. He told us to keep a good record while we are here, and that if we have any problem's [sic] to take them to him, and he will do all he can for us. He told us that he is willing to help us in anyway he can in our case or problem's [sic]. He also told us how we can go to "Chino". Well, to change the subject. I been reading and hearing over the radio, about the trouble in L.A., it looks bad for us, doesn't it? I been getting the "people's World," and I past [sic] it around to the rest of the boy's, I readed [sic] in it, how the police beat up two of my friend's [sic], I seen their picture's [sic] in the paper, the one with [sic] the wooden leg, and the other, I known them both. It sure is terrible, what going on in L.A. I never dream that, that thing's [sic] like that would


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happen in the U.S.A., a land of Freedom. I tought [sic] it alone happen in Germany and Japan. Well, let's change the subject, I am still working in the O.P.A. It's coming along fine, we have two shift's [sic], Bobby and I work from 6.30 P.M. until 1.00 P.M. and the other's shift work from 1.00 P.M. to 9:30 P.M. Bobby and I only work half a day. Oh, Jose Ruiz works there also. Yesterday they stated giving us boy's [sic] who work in the O.P.A., a cup of coffee and a sandwich, at 10.00 P.M. and at 1.00 P.M. we eat our lunch. Well, I am deeply grateful [sic], for the help we're getting from the people out side. Well I trying [sic] to keep a good record here, so far it good. Well, I am runing [sic] out of word's [sic], so until I hear from you.

I remain your's [sic] truly Manuel Reyes
p.s. Excuse spelling and writting [sic]. Give my regards to the Committee [sic].