WILLIAM HIRAM RADCLIFFE - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 10/1895 - HFSID 35361
WILLIAM HIRAM RADCLIFFE The future electrical engineer and author writes from his Harvard dorm to a friend, signs name in black ink Autograph letter signed: "Will" in black ink. 6 pages integral leaf, 4½x7 folded, 7x9 flat. Perkins Hall, Harvard, Cambridge, Massachusetts. October 1895.
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WILLIAM HIRAM RADCLIFFE
The future electrical engineer and author writes from his Harvard dorm to a friend, signs name in black ink
Autograph letter signed: "Will" in black ink. 6 pages integral leaf, 4½x7 folded, 7x9 flat. Perkins Hall, Harvard, Cambridge, Massachusetts. October 1895. In full: "Yes, darling, we have to our work, now returned with freckles and sunburn decked o'er, From the Freshman as green as old Ireland's flag, to the Senior who's been here before. A new year's begun, and for nine months to come Tis the self same old circus we'll see, With the hour exams, mid-years, cuts, finals (or fired), And a howling Commencement Day spree. You said Mother told you I had been ill after her trip north. Now, that was the first I knew about it and if I knew you weren't accustomed to exaggerating things I should accuse you of jumping at conclusions but for the present have taken your word for granted, and have already written her to ascertain the facts as I really feel interested to know- it may have been I was hypnotized. Now why do you want me to tell her all about that celebration? I don't believe she would care to know in the first place and in the second place, I don't think it's at all necessary that I should. For instance, would you have me tell her all the things that has happened in 4. Perkins Hall since I have been here - now that is on the same principle, and although they are not secrets, still it is not necessary that they all be told. Yes, Grandpa has been enjoying everyday this fall except perhaps last Sunday where he had to tramp down to Memorial for his meals; this he did not enjoy as the elements asserted themselves altogether too strongly. During the day over five inches of rain fell. These are not my own figures, indeed, it seemed to me as if that amount fell while I was out in it. However, it was universally acknowledged that it holds the record. Yesterday and to-day have been perfect. I wish you might have been here yesterday to seen the Brown-Harvard foot-ball game. The score was 26 to 6 in our favor and it was the best played game we have seen so far this fall. Yale, as you probably know, have "crawled" out of Springfield game with us but the game with Princeton on Nov. 2nd will very easily take this place. No. Det. I do not know Edward Hackett. Did he wear his uniform this summer? You know everything is "dead" easy with a uniform on. i.e. I know I used to find it so. I suppose there was a summer engagement and fall that connected with it. Well, so much the better, don't you think so. Say, Det - no joking - but when you said, Dr. Greggs pointed in an "indirect direction" to indicate the future which way did you mean, up or down? Did I say your weight at R. was 85 lbs. in my last letter - I meant 95 lbs. I think there were several other mistakes in that letter as it was written in a great hurry. Oh, by the way, "Mammy" wanted me to ask you if you had received her letter thanking you for those things - she says she has not heard from you since, and at the same time I have a "bone to pick" with you. I told you to write twice as long letters now that I am away, as those you wrote when I was home. Now don't forget and don't wait so long before writing again. Even Percival enquired one morning, what was the trouble. You asked how the sign "Post no bills" looks in the room; it looks good but does not compare with some others we have either in looks or sentiments expressed. I cannot tell you about them as they have to be seen to be appreciated - that "thing" of "no numerical value" has also to be seen to be appreciated and as nobody has seen it except myself, it has been appreciated only by one. No Det. I can't tell you what it is, you dear little Peach - it's of "no numerical value". However, it's something "Grandpa" thinks a great deal of. Now darling, it is time to close - I out to have retired long ago, but didn't so bidding you good night and pleasant dreams, I am, Lovingly yours". William H. Radcliffe (b. 1873) graduated from Harvard University in May 1896, and worked as an electrical engineer and professor. Radcliffe wrote Telephone Instruments, Their Operation, Arrangement and Management in 1913 and Home Study Course in Practical Electricity in 1916. Normal mailing folds. Toned. Light surface creases. Slightly soiled. Otherwise, fine condition.
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