From Micah Daniels to Juliet
15th May, 1946
Dear Miss Ashton,
There was flour and tobacco – Moses can talk about manna all he wants, but he never seen anything like this! I am going to tell you everything in my box, because I wrote it all down to paste in my memory book.
Six ounces of chocolate / Twenty ounces of biscuits
Four ounces of tea / Twenty ounces of butter
Six ounces of sugar / Thirteen ounces of Spam
Two ounces of tinned milk / Eight ounces of raisins
Fifteen ounces of marmalade / Ten ounces of salmon
Five ounces of sardines / Four ounces of cheese
Six ounces of prunes / One ounce of pepper
One ounce of salt / A tablet of soap
I gave my prunes away – but wasn’t that something? When I die I am going to leave all my money to the Red Cross. I have written to tell them so.
There is something else I should say to you. It may be about those Germans, but honor due is honor due. They unloaded all those boxes of food for us from the Vega, and they didn’t take none, not one box of it, for themselves. Of course, their Commandant had told them , « That food is for the Islanders, it is not yours. Steal one bit and I’ll have you shot. » Then he gave each man unloading the ship a teaspoon, so’s he could scrape up any flour or grain that spilled on the roadway. They could eat that.
Mary Ann Shaffer et Annie Barrows The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society 2008