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Letter, 19 September 1944, from Pembroke Pettit to W. A. C. Pettit

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Sept. 19, 1944 Dear Daddy, I have enjoyed your letter but have been constantly on the go and therefore have had no time to write. Right now it is after nine o'clock and I have just gotten to my room. The office here was in terrible shape and still is but is very much improved so far. Yesterday I received some nice compliments from an officer who is not usually inclined to be encouraging so maybe the work is bringing some results. Have to be hard and bullheaded to get the job done, but I've had some experience in that turned back 500 guns on a manufacturer. He didn't want to give in at first but when I showed him what he expected a pilot to fight with, he was only too glad to take them back and promised he wouldn't send me any more bad ones. They'll all get by with anything they can.

Am glad you didn't take the Gov't job because I believe it would cost you money in the long run. I realize you have a lot of experience in your own business, but even the time sales are good and physically you seem better than you have been in recent years. That means more to us who are away now than everything else and when you all get back we can handle the business and financial end if you should want to take it easy. The benefit of merely your advice, heeded or not, has always been invaluable to us