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A letter worth reading

In July of 1883, the novelist Henry James received an emotional letter from Grace Norton — a good friend and fellow writer who, following a death in the family, had recently become depressed and was desperate for direction. James’s beautiful response can be seen here. It is truly a fantastic, eloquent letter of advice.

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A Letter Worth Reading

In 1834, 21-year-old Jarm Logue managed to steal his master’s horse and escape the life of slavery into which he had been born. Sadly, his mother, brother and sister remained. 26 years later, by which time he had settled down in New York, opened numerous schools for black children, started his own family, become a reverend and noted abolitionist, and authored an autobiography, he received a letter from the wife of his old owner in which she demanded $1000. Here’s that shockingly ignorant letter and Jarmain Loguen’s brilliant response to that Wretched Woman.

Note: After escaping slavery, Logue changed his name to Jermain Wesley Loguen.

After escaping slavery, Logue changed his name to Jermain Wesley Loguen.

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Some rather serious suggestions form F. Scott Fitzgerald on what to do with those left over bits of festive beast.

 

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November 20, 2012 · 12:05 pm