Split 5th of May 1949.
Dear aunt!
Let me tell you that we are all well thank God and we wish you the same, good health from God and my heart. I wish that you receive this letter in a good mood.
Dear aunt, I can tell you that I received your letter today. I was glad to receive your reply to my letter. You asked about Juric Rada, yes he is in Zagreb, uncle knows his father, Ante Rada, but donít mind his letter because you cannot satisfy everybody.
Dear aunt, about the visit and what you said that it would ne great to see each other, you didnít say how and who would go, only uncle and you or somebody else from the kids. You have to explain that to me, and the question is would they let you go back. If you are Americans (I presume have American citizenship) they would let you go back, but if you donít then I donít think they would let you go. But we would be happy to see you come to us.
Ante he was in Rijeka for a short time and now he is again Rat Ruci (I donít understand what that is). Grga is in Rijeka in military, Jakov is in Banat. Here at home are mother, father, Ante he is now 18 and two sisters, one is 14 and the other one 12. the youngest brother Ivan is four. All of us have four grades of elementary school (the usual at that period of time) we didnít have the opportunity to continue schooling, I am planning to do that for Ivan the youngest brother. I am glad to hear that your children are well and that they will get higher education. If they were here they would not have that opportunity for that as I didnít have.
You said you would send combs that would be great because you cannot get it here. There is shortage of stuff here, and I am sorry to ask things from you because I know that you also live hard with only uncleís paycheck. If you didnít send the package yet please send also some towels for mother at home.

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Vienna, Virginia, US of A

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