The Letters of John Fiske

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Petersham, Mass., August 21, 1874.

Dear George:

Abby and I have just returned from Middletown with our minds and hearts full of the sad occasion which called us there. Tuesday morning I received a telegram from mother telling me that Grandma Lewis had become ill while visiting her at Windsor and had died the day before, Monday August 17th at 3 o'clock in the afternoon. The funeral was yesterday at Middletown with the burial service at Indian Hill Cemetery where Grandma was laid. This morning before leaving Middletown I drove with Charles Browning, Uncle John Bound, and mother out to the Cemetery.

In Grandma's death the last family tie which connected me with Middletown, the home of my childhood and youth, is broken.

Cambridge, October 4, 1874.

Dear Mother:

I am making out my annual report for the Treasurer; and have advertised a lecture on "Fairy Land and Fairy Folk"; and have just got $125. from Howells for an article to appear in the next number of the "Atlantic", and am generally very busy. And the children are ever so happy at school.


P.S. I am learning Russian to help me in my Library work and so signed my name Russicé.

Cambridge, October 31, 1874.

Dear Mother:

Merely to tell you that "Outlines of Cosmic Philosophy, Based on the Doctrine of Evolution with Criticisms of the Positive Philosophy" was published here in America today and simultaneously in England.

I celebrated by dining with Tom Perry on green goose.


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