desired; for they justly considered him one of the few men qualified to fill that position heartily, through his powerful 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.
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