not 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., Feb. 29, 1908.
Dear Higginson,--I have been reading with the greatest interest your article on Gen. Saxton.
It has reminded me of an incident here — thGen. Saxton.
It has reminded me of an incident here — the time of which I cannot place.
But I think you can; -and if you can I wish you would write & tell me when it happened — and perhaps what came of it.
I was coming up in a street [car] when Charles Sumner came in & took a seat opposite me — The car was not crowded.
Every one knew him, and he really addressed the whole car — though he affected to speak to me. But he meant to have every one hear-& they did. He said substantially this,--
The most important order since the war began
slave regiments, as it was. The fact that General Saxton was a Massachusetts man, as was the colonement; but this is an error of five months, General Saxton's authority having been dated August 25, 1buted, in a general way, to the success of General Saxton's undertaking.
In making this claim, it my end the war. As an outcome of all this, General Saxton's name is quite sure to be long rememberedvil and military authority was not always what Saxton himself would have selected.
There were timesare of fatigue duty.
This was hard indeed for Saxton to bear, and was increased in his case by the neral Saxton.
As an organizer of troops General Saxton's standard was very high, and he assumed, eing the lowest in their personal habits.
General Saxton would issue special orders from time to ti expeditions for his own particular regiments, Saxton kept up, as we thought at the time, a caution .
To the present writer, at least, the world seems unquestionably more vacant that Saxton is gone. [8 more...]