werful voice, ready sympathy, and boundless willingness to make himself useful in every direction.
A very characteristic side of the man might always be seen in his letters.
The following was written in his own hurried handwriting in recognition of his seventy-seventh birthday :--
April 8, 1899.
Dear Higginson,--Thanks for your card.
It awaited me on my return from North Carolina last night.
Three score & ten as you know, has many advantages,--and as yet, I find no drawbacks.
Asa Gray said to me It is great fun to be 70 years old. You do not have to know everything!
I see that you can write intelligibly.
I wish I could — But I cannot run a Typewriter more than a Sewing-Machine.
Will the next generation learn to write — any more than learn the alphabet?
With Love to all yours
Truly & always E. E. Hale.
This next letter was called out by the death of Major-General Rufus Saxton, distinguished for his first arming of the freed slaves--
Washington, D. C.,