The Letters of John Fiske

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Jamaica Plain, July 21, 1865.

Dear Mother:

Your grand-daughter made her appearance this afternoon at 2.30 of the clock, weighing 9 pounds. She breathed spontaneously and began to yell fiercely before she was a minute old. She opened her eyes within five minutes. Abby is doing well and we are all very happy.

Wednesday I attended Commencement; got my degree of LL.B. I had a delightful talk with General Meade, and saw many old friends.

We have now five generations again,

1. Grandma Fisk
2. Grandma Lewis
3. Grandma Stoughton
4. John Fiske LL.B.
5. Miss Fiske

Jamaica Plain, August 17, 1865.

Dear Mother:

I am using quills again, I can write faster. I have read Dickens "Uncommercial Traveller", and "Henry Esmond" which I think great, and Bentivoglio "Guena di Fiaudra". I now read Spanish as fast as English.

I have seen an old friend of mine, Dodge, who entered the army early in 1861, and who has been in the Army of the Potomac ever since. He was in every battle from Bull Run to the capture of Lee's army, and was never wounded, never sick a day, and never left camp. He said he could enjoy 4 years more of the same sort, though glad of peace. I looked on him with a sort of wonder.

Smith and Wesson have sent me a check for $1OO. for my case. There is no telegraph to Jamaica Plain.

Jamaica Plain, November 20, 1865.

Dear Mother:

If you want a splendid book to read, read Grimm "Michael Angelo" by all means, it is just the book for you. Has it ever occurred

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  • The Letters of John Fiske *
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  • I 1
  • II 35
  • III 67
  • IV 132
  • V 143
  • VI 194
  • VII 224
  • VIII 333
  • IX 380
  • X 416
  • XI 435
  • XII 449
  • XIII 482
  • XIV 501
  • XV 536
  • XVI 549
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