Two dying arts: letters and handwriting. Oh, it makes me sad. I love mail! This is nice and scrawly.
a treasure find!
What does it say? it's hard to read, but the bits that are readable are alluring. Does he say: " I find it the most entertaining piece of wit & disdain that America has yet contributed." ?
TranscriptConcordMassachusetts21 July 1855Dear Sir,I am not blind to the worth of the wonderful gift of "Leaves of Grass." I find it the most extraordinary piece of wit and wisdom that America has yet contributed. I am very happy in reading it, as great power makes us happy. It meets the demand I am always making of what seemed the sterile and stingy nature, as if too much handiwork or too much lymph in the temperament were making our Western wits fat and mean. I give you joy of your free and brave thought. I have great joy in it. I find incomparable things said incomparably well, as they must be. I find the courage of treatment, which so delights us, and which large perception only can inspire. I greet you at the beginning of a great career, which yet must have had a long foreground somewhere for such a start. I rubbed my eyes a little to see if this sunbeam were no illusion; but the solid sense of the book is a sober certainty. It has the best merits, namely of fortifying and encouraging.I did not know until I, last night, saw the book advertised in a newspaper, that I could trust the name as real and available for a Post-Office. I wish to see my benefactor, and have felt much like striking my tasks, and visiting New York to pay you my respects.R.W. Emerson.
Thank you! Love this!! Bookmarking so I can come back and re-read.... :)
The divine PB&J in me, salutes the divine PB&J in you.