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Regarding Your Missive


Horrified SmileyIt was pleasant to me to get a letter from you the other day. Perhaps I should have found it pleasanter if I had been able to decipher it. I don’t think that I mastered anything beyond the date (which I knew) and the signature (which I guessed at).

There’s a singular and a perpetual charm in a letter of yours; it never grows old, it never loses its novelty…Other letters are read and thrown away and forgotten, but yours are kept forever
– unread. One of them will last a reasonable man a lifetime.

Thomas Aldrich, letter to Professor E.S. Morse, circa 1889

 
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Posted by on September 5, 2009 in Humor

 

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