(Letter dated January 20, 1934, from Colonel A. S. Cummins,1 U. S. A. Retired, class of 1873, one of the oldest living graduates.)
Colonel Albert S. Cummins
United States Army Retired
January 20, 1934.
Lieut. W. F. H. Godson, Jr.
U. S. A., Ret'd.
My dear Lieut.
Your note of the 13th instant received.
In reply I will say that I would like very much to comply with your request but I fear it will be impossible. For some time my health has been failing. Now my eyes seem to be giving out and my doctor has become quite strict with me as to what I can do in the way of work.
Wishing you all success in what you are trying to accomplish, I remain,
Yours very sincerely,
(signed) Albert S. Cummins.
500 Berkeley Avenue,
Orange, N. J.
January 20, 1934.
Mr. W. F. H. Godson, Jr.
107 Leon Ave.,
I have your letter and in reply would state that with every desire to respond favorably to your request, I have not the slightest idea just what you would like me to write. I am not a writer and my recollections of West Point life do not produce any thing that I think would be of any interest.
Very truly yours,
Class of 1876.º
(Letter dated February 6, 1934, from the Librarian, U. S. M. A. Library, West Point, N. Y.)
United States Military Academy
West Point, New York
Feb. 6, 1934.
Lt. Wm. F. H. Godson, Jr.,
107 Leon Ave.
You are right about the date of the act of June 12. It should read 1856.3
With regard to your bibliographical data . . . (etc.)
(signed) E. E. Farman, Lt. Col. U. S. A.
1 Colonel Cummins retired as a Colonel of Coast Artillery July 10, 1908, at his own request, after over 38 years' service. In 1912 he became a director of the Lilley State Bank, Tecumseh, Mich. G.
2 Mr. Dowd graduated "2" in his class. He resigned in 1883. He civil history includes Presidency of the Princeton Light, Heat and Power Co.; President of the Investment Securities Co.; Vice-President and Director of the Equitable Eastern Corp.; and Treasurer of the Orange Memorial Hospital. G.
3 In checking and comparing dates I discovered an error on page 7 of the Official Register, U. S. M. A., 1933, and called Colonel Farman's attention to the mistake. G.
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