WILLIAM HIRAM RADCLIFFE - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED - HFSID 35376
Sale Price $396.00
WILLIAM HIRAM RADCLIFFE
The young Harvard man writes to friend, discussing some of their upper-class peers, signs name in black ink
Autograph letter signed twice: "Will" and "W.H.R." in black ink. 6 pages, 4½x7 folded, 7x9 flat. Perkins Hall, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts. March 19, 1896. In full: "My darling little Sister:- Indeed, dear I should have written Sunday had not Whiting and myself been detained by our Social duties; and here it is Thursday Eve and you told me to write soon. Again hope the Queen in the kindness of her heart will forgive her brother's negligence and set him a better example - Suppose you received the papers I sent last Saturday. Once more has Harvard redeemed her defeat by Football. And now the Princeton men have nothing to crow over. No, nothing. What does my dear sister think of the Lampoon - On the whole I don't think that number was hardly up to the average but I had a certain reason for sending it and I hope you won't ask me who go up that front piece. Really, now modesty would forbid me to say. Isn't this delightful weather - "And the rain descended and the floods came and the wind blew. Then it snowed". All this conglomeration is beginning to melt now and that center-piece of the Lampoon faithfully represents the yard at present. Night before last I think it was, the wind was the worst I ever saw it - about two o'clock in the morning, "Billthe Porter" was called up by the incessant ringing of the electric bell, he went through the hall visiting each room in succession but could find no one making any noise except one fellow who was "wringing" out his wash-cloth. This was not of course what he was looking for so he then investigated the push=buttons on the front doors. It nearly shock him but upon investigation he found that this wind had forced the button in and held it there, thus ringing the bells. I give this a mere illustration so you can judge how the wind blew. The wind contained all the next day, and it was the only day that a man could go around with a stiff hat all knocked in, and not be though "jagged", that I ever witnessed. So that "thing of no numerical value" is still teasing you. Yes I expected you would pull it out of me News Years but you didn't think of it then. And, of course, I would'ent mention it, so as to be on the safe side. This summer I am going to get a lot more of them - so I will not tell you what it is until just before you leave - in fact - may not even then. As it is much nicer to write "a thing of no numerical value" than to have you in the secret. Now, my dear, you do not mean to 'struggle tumultuously" next summer, do you? What was this agreement we made New Years - and what have I been abstaining from Cocktails all this time for. Do you not mean to live up to that promise you made on the lounge that night? Surely I cannot believe that of you. It is not so, is it? Was sorry to hear you did not get to see Olga - One of the fellows at the table in Memorial made a bad break the other night. Our man had just read in the evening paper that Olga's kiss registered 119*F in the shade. The other fellow inquired "What was the matter, was she ill?" The sherbets were on him that night - he didn't mind much, however, as he is a great admirer of Olga, himself. So you do know Ernest Bunting and his pretty sister Evelyn who passes by the name of "Toodie". Well Ernest passes around here by the name on "Baby Bunting" quite an improvement on "Toodie', don't you think? Well how is stenography (not phonography) programming? When I asked you about phonographs, etc. I understood you to say you were studying phonography - beg-pardon. Have you decided where you are going to move as yet - should think you would dislike to leave 516. Carlton Ave. and that cosy room of yours - but suppose the Dr. was the principle attraction. Well, don't you care, the woods are full of them, and you don't have to go south to find them, either. Was sorry to hear Mamma was not well. Hope she is better kindly remember me to her. Well, my darling, both time and paper warn me to close. With much love to you, I am, Faithfully yours -". Post script: "I enclose a programme [not included] of the Boston Symphony I attended last week. The "Arthur Whiting" mentioned, is a brother of my chum Edgar Whiting". 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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