"I had asked for the transfer in order to get outdoor farm work. It is a relief from the months indoors with pots and pans [...] The time has passed with unexpected rapidity – due to the loss of time-sense in the busy routine of institutional life."
I've only come across one other letter from an imprisoned conscientious objector so far. A quick and easy Google search told me this one was from the Roger Nash Baldwin – co-founder of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in 1920. He wrote his friends (presumably HWLD among them) on May 26, 1919 to inform them that he had been transferred from the Essex County Jail in Newark to the Essex County Penitentiary in Caldwell, New Jersey, twelve miles away. Baldwin remarks on the rigidity of the day's routine, the beautiful scenery, and the fact that his not-so-harsh environment is more of a "county work-farm for short-term offenders" than a "penitentiary."
Baldwin's 1981 obituary confirms that he was jailed for his pacifist ideology and refusal to submit to the draft. He eventually oversaw the ACLU's defense in the Scopes trial and Sacco-Vanzetti case. This information is significant but cursory – qualifying more as the stuff of "fun facts" than any in-depth analysis. So, I opted to make Baldwin a miniature case study of pacifism and queerness. Hopefully, by investigating his take on civil liberties and sexuality, I could find connections to HWLD's own life.
Roger Nash Baldwin. American Civil Liberties Union of San Diego and Imperial Counties. Accessed February 27, 2016. https://www.aclusandiego.org/founding-of-the-aclu-1920s.