On 17 August, Tom wrote to his dearest Grace, “The past week has dragged. I had hoped to close the testimony by today but now it looks like another ten days or two weeks. But I believe the judgment will come down very quickly.” He continues to work on his final argument, but “Once I get the argument finished, all else should be easy sailing.” [pp. 346-347] As if the mention of sailing has called up fond memories, he continues,
The summer is nearly over–a second summer away from you. How I miuss that time in New England and how I wish I could be there just for this weekend. I simply refuse to fix my departure day–even for myself. I cannot tell yet. It cannot be too long.
–Owen Doremus and Betsy Pittman
[Owen Doremus, a junior at Edwin O. Smith High School, is supporting this blog series with research and writing as part of an independent study.]
The majority of the letters from Tom Dodd to his wife Grace have been published and can be found in Letters from Nuremberg, My father’s narrative of a quest for justice. Senator Christopher J. Dodd with Lary Bloom. New York: Crown Publishing, 2007.
Images available in Thomas J. Dodd Papers.