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  • In the summer of 2007, I bought a packet containing a letter and some photos from a deceased man's estate sale in Glenview, Illinois. The letter reads:

    J.E. Wright
    11 Grummer Rd.
    Grey Lynn
    Oct 6

    Dear Harry,

    I am ashamed of myself for not writing sooner, but as you can see by the above I have changed my name. I have been married Harry, but it was such a big mistake, also I have a baby boy just on three yrs old; his name is Alan & is my whole life. I have often wondered if you ever married, if so I wish you both the very best and all the happiness there is. I was very surprised to receive your last letter, I know I would hear from you sooner or later as it was it came a little late. I think of you a lot Harry & the happy times we had to-gether. The family are all well and say hello, for they don't forget you. Dad is in the taxi business now, he has two knew [sic] cars on the road, he has day & night drivers as he runs the milk bar with Mum. Were having really wonderful weather here considering its Oct, were getting very worried of the water situation, as our lakes & everything are just about dried up. I have a rather nice home Dad furnished & bought it for me, but right now its far too big for just Alan & I. it depends on me whether or not it gets sold. I am thinking very seriously of joining the Air-force & Mum looking after Alan until I get out; I feel I want to get away somewhere, and doing this would just about be it. I'm enclosing a photo that was taken last year, I have cut a few out; I don't think you will recognize me; I was very young when you were here. I would like to hear from you very much Harry, please write soon.

    Sincerely yours,

    The estate liquidators told me that Harry was never married, and never had any children, and had no surviving family.
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