Lawrence Reilly

Letters from Larry – 8 October 1942

8 October 1942 – Queens, New York

Dearest Marion,

I only have about 8 minutes in which to write to you.  Well honey I love you and still want you more & more to myself.  About the way I asked if it would be alright with you if I didn’t come around tonight.  I[‘m] sorry hon I didn’t mean it the way it sounded.  I like to see you every night.  Tonight I have to go over Adam’s to a meeting of some sort of the Air Wardens.  They are going to have a lot of speakers & awards.  You didn’t say anything about going to Bellevue to give blood so I didn’t think of it either until this morning, but I guess your not going or you would have said so.  Well my times up now.  I’ll see you tomorrow night.  We’ll go to the movies.

Love Larry

P.S. I love you.

PPS. I love you.

PPPS. I love you

1,000,000,000 times

L.R.

Note: Air Raid Wardens were volunteers at home during World War II to watch the skies for signs of enemy airplanes, and protect the cities against possible bombings.

Air Raid Warden recruitment film

Letters from Larry – 17 August 1942

17August 1942 – Queens, New York

Dearest Marion,

I love you, I love you, I love you.  Just a little reminder about tomorrow night (Friday).  Leave the house at 4:30 the latest. Take Fulton “L” to Rockaway Avenue, change take subway to Hoyt & Schermerhorn Street.  Watch for the stations so that you won’t miss it.  I’ll meet you at the change booth.  Just in case I’m not there wait for me.  But I’ll probably be there.  I’m sorry I didn’t get to see Wed. night but the meeting ended at 10 o’clock.  We were practicing for the Demonstration.

Well now that that’s over I can tell you I love you again.  Your wonderful dear. I adore you.  I just happened to think if you out with one of those sailors we won’t be going “steady”.  Shux, I don’t like that so much.  That’s about all for now.  Goodbye sweetheart.

Sincerest Love,

Larry

P.S. In my dreams tonight I’ll say “Come to Poppa” L.R.

Note: Based on the description, this was instructions to take the subway from the Rockaway area of Brooklyn to the area of Brooklyn just west of Fort Greene, on what was then known as the Interborough Subway (IRT).

Letters from Larry – 14 August 1942

August 14, 1942 6:25 a.m. – Queens, New York

Dearest Marion,

Well honey I’m trying to write something to you. Still feel bad about last night.  Please don’t.  I didn’t want to hurt your feelings.  Gee, I love you so much that I feel like staying home from work today and coming around to see you.  I served 4 to 6 in the Air Raid Wardens and I was awake about a half-hour thinking about you.  That was at 4 o’clock and the same thing at 11:30 last night.  Some day hon I won’t have to send you notes.  I’ll be able to wake you up at 6 [in] the morning to tell you I love you.  Won’t that be nice?  (Or will it?)  I’ll be thinking about you all day today and you’ll be in school.  (Darn it).  I’ve been writing 15 minutes now and didn’t say very much and now its time to leave.  Well so long honey.

Love & kisses

Larry

P.S. If you want to you can write a note to me and leave it with my grandfather this afternoon.  L.R.

(Finished 6:41 a.m.)

 

Note: there are 8 red lipstick blot marks on the backside of the letter.

Letters from Larry – 7 August 1942

7 August 1942 – Queens, New York

Dearest Marion,

I received your card & letter.  If I didn’t get a letter from you I was going to spank you good and proper.  Well how’s my little angel.  I miss you so much.  I wish I was out there or you were home.  If you go out in the boat again don’t fall overboard.  Jimmy, his mother and myself went crabbing Wed. and we only got 5 crabs from 9 to 7:30.

Eddie, Moe & I are going fishing tomorrow.  Enough of that now.  Every night before I go to sleep I think about you and practically go nuts.  I really miss you and I want some of your lovin’.  I want you to know I love you so much I keep wishing you were mine, all mine.  Honey, tell me you love mell [sic], please.  I know you do but please write it anyhow.  Well sweetheart, I can’t write anymore now its time to eat.  I’ll tell you how much I love you when you’re home.

Love from the bottom of my heart,

Larry

P.S. I adore you.  L.R.

Letters from Larry – 4 August 1942

4 August 1942 – Queens, New York

Dearest Marion,

Well here’s your letter.  I miss you already.  When your train pulled out yesterday I had a funny feeling it seemed as if you were going away for good.  I’m very glad it is not for good because I’m going to miss you a whole lot.

I love you so much it’s going to be hard not seeing you.  I had a nice dream last night.  It was about you and me.  You’ll never guess what we were doing (am I kidding?).

You’ve only been gone 19 hours and I feel lousey.  I hope this week goes fast.  I have to neck with someone and that someone is you.

Honey, don’t be disappointed because this letter isn’t long because I really don’t know what to say except I love you more than anything in the world and I want you more than anything in the world.

Well how’s the country? Did you arrive safe?  I hope so.  Well I think I’ll have to close because there is really nothing much to tell you.  So long honey.

xxx Lots of Love,

Larry

P.S. Miss me?  I hope so because I miss you a whole lot.  Jr. misses you too.  L.R.

P.P.S. Tell Terry I was asking for her and her family.  Tell her it’s been pretty peaceful around here since she went away.  (If she gets mad tell her I’m only kidding.)

Love again,

Larry