|Scope & Content||Photocopy of letter from Bill & Barbara Wells to Dr. Minnie Burdon. year unknown. See NOTES for letter thanking "Dr. Minnie" for all she has done for them both as a friend and a doctor.|
|Title||Letter from Bill & Barbara Wells to Dr. Minnie Burdon|
|Caption||Letter Bill Wells to Dr. Minnie Burdon|
Letter head reads: Headquarters, Seattle Army Service Forces Depot, Office of the Commanding Officer, 4735 e. Marginal Way, Seattle 4, Washington.
"Dear Dr. Minnie,
when Barbara and I sought your services, we knew we were seeking help not only from a Doctor, but also from a friend. And the fact that you were such a friend made it ever so much easier anc nicer for Barbara, Diane, and myself, not to speak of Pop and Mom.
You continue to be our doctor, and our friend. As a friend beyond all expectations, you have been kind and thoughtful to every member of the Wells families, and overly generous too, in these things which mean so much. (Among other favors, I won't easily forget the fine concerts, operas, and symphonies I've heard at your expense). Little have we done to repay you for this. As a doctor, you successfully performed a very difficult and hazardous delivery, you counseled and gave Barbara and myself spiritual and mental strength when we needed it most and you gave us the loveliest of babies. We know too, that with the baby coming as it did, the job was a tremendously trying one for you, because you were a friend, as well as a doctor.
But from a doctor, we seek certain things: sevice, which you have rendered most competently; and advice, which we seek when we feel we should, even though it causes you trouble in answering late evening calls, and making last minute check-ups when you should be elsewhere. A little friendly thoughtyfulness on our part would have helped you considerably at these times, but we were seeking advice and service from you as we would have sought it from any doctor. And lastly, we expect to make repayment for all those services, as any doctor would expect to be paid.
Seriously, Dr. Minnie, we were astounded when we saw yesterday afternoon what you were going to charge us. I know, because I've asked, what the usual fee amounts to. At $75.00 you're giving us a gift of from $50 to $75.00 as it is. You are just too kind and generous when on top of all the other things you've done for us, you want us to repay you so little for all your help. Do you think pop would stand for it if he were in my place? Facetiously speaking how do you think Diane would feel, coming cut rate? No, Barbara's and my consciences would not allow as to take this gift from you.
Dr. Minnie, we ever so deeply appreciate your gesture, but don't you see, Barb, Diane and I feel you've been over generous heretofor as a friend, and as a doctor from whom we expect service, you should be repaid as any doctor should. This check is small enough, but please accept it. I know you believe in the golden rule; but so do we.
God Bless You, Dr. Minnie. "
BURDON, Minnie Bell(e), Dr.
WELLS, William Virgil "Bill", Jr.
WELLS, Barbara Mae BLAKE