The Life and Letters of Edward Everett Hale - Vol. 1

The Life and Letters of Edward Everett Hale - Vol. 1

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The Life and Letters of Edward Everett Hale - Vol. 1

The Life and Letters of Edward Everett Hale - Vol. 1

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My father had in mind during his later years some publication of his letters, and desired that they should be edited by Mr. Edwin D. Mead, an old friend with whom he had been closely associated in their work for a Permanent High Tribunal. Mr. Mead, therefore, undertook the task with the help of several of my father's friends. Unfortunately, however, after some years he found himself unable to continue his work, and it was thought best that it should be finished by me. It turned out that I was not able to use the studies of Mr. Mead and his fellow-workers, with one or two exceptions, and I therefore found it necessary to plan the book anew and carry it out myself.

The amount of material placed in my hands was very great. There were thousands of letters, many diaries and day-books covering almost the whole of my father's life, a great number of sermons as well as lectures and addresses, beside note-books, scrapbooks, common-place books, sketch-books, and other such material. His printed writings, also, were voluminous and had never been entirely collected, nor even completely catalogued. It was not possible for me to examine and digest all this material in the way I should have liked, nor could I, even, select all that I could have wished. I have tried . . .

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