October 2, 1939.
1722 E. Gordon Street.
Re. Thomas Doeppner
Dear Phil Myers:
I don't know just when the "Volendam" will arrive in New York, but I know that Thomas Doeppner will want to come out to McPherson immediately.
I have sent a letter to him at Ellis Island and I will ask him further to let you know the time of his arrival in McPherson.
I have not any worth while suggestions about the courses for him to take. I think that will have to be worked out after he comes. I suggest that he ought not to try to carry too heavy a load. I think he should take an American History course if it can be worked in at all, and of course, English. My only other suggestion would be to remember always how strange everything here will be to him at first. It is hard to realize just how strange our customs and ways of doing things are to an European. It will probably take a little while for him to get adjusted to our climate and food, to say nothing of our strange customs. I am afraid I won't meet him before he goes West but I will be eager to hear how he gets along.
Charlotte S. Salmon
So Charlotte has it right- everything will be strange to him at first, and if nothing else, it will do well to remember that what Phil and his friends at McPherson know to be everyday life, will be as foreign to this young student as he will be to them.