Manuscripts/Mixed Material Letter from Aaron Copland to Harold Spivacke, September 17, 1942.
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Sept. 17, 1942
I wanted you to know that I have had my army physical examination and came through with flying colors. Of course my eyes would limit me to what the doctor calls "limited service", but I assume that that only improves my case with the Army Specialist Corps.
I had a letter from Charlie Thomson in which he said the two of you had been "exploring possibilities" in relation to me. If there is anything more you can tell me without breaking confidences, of course I'd like to know it.
Thanks a lot for expediting matters in regard to the commission. You would help me enormously if you could tell me what your guess is as to the earliest possible date for my relinquishment of civilian life. In other words, in making plans for the immediate future I badly need to know up to what date I can safely promise to be around. Naturally I know your answer can only be approximate and only a guess, but even that would be a help.
I am seeing Martha Graham to-morrow and will communicate with you again.
Best regards to you.