EDWARD EVERETT HALE - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED - HFSID 3412
Sale Price $414.00
EDWARD EVERETT HALE
Edward Everett Hale sends an autograph letter asking about the titles of four books.
Autograph Letter signed: "Edw. E. Hale", 3p, 5x8. No place, no date. To "Dear Mr. Winsors". In full: "I went into Bates Hall today, at 20 before 2, with just half an hour, needing four books (titles). They were. 7361. Churchman & Family Magazine 1870.1871. 26.I.2. Perrault: Fairy Tales. 2442 The Georgian Era. C.106.1 The American Authors. The first two I got at once, that is within five minutes. The third was brought to me in ten minutes after the card was given. The last did not come at all in fifteen minutes after the card was given. I make no complaint of five minutes. I think that a perfectly reasonable allowance: expect it and grant it readily. Ten minutes for a book on the ground floor seems to me unreasonable. And my main trouble is the extreme aversion of the boys to go to the upper story, an aversion I think I have observed before. I think I should have got c.106 if it had not been up stairs. There is no delay or difficulty at the desk. The service there is always, in my experience, wonderfully prompt, intelligent and polite. The difficulty, I think, is with the boys. I think they accumulate cards in one region, with a vague hope that they can club them together - and answer half a dozen orders at once. Perhaps they change with each other. An English proverb says. One boy will do half a man's work. Two boys will do, each ¼ of a man's work. Three boys will do not work at all. Which is probably true. Truly yours." Ink note (unknown hand) on 1st page upper left: "Hale/ansd". Hale (1822-1909) was Pastor of the South Congregational Church in Boston (1856-1901) and Chaplain of the U.S. Senate from 1903 to his death. Hale a prolific author of both history and popular fiction, is best remember today for his patriotic tale, Man Without a Country (1863). Bates Hall is the main reading room of the Boston Public Library, named for generous benefactor Joshua Bates. Label corners at edges of 3rd (signature) page. Otherwise, fine condition.
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