Testament of Happiness: Letters of Annie Oakes Huntington

Testament of Happiness: Letters of Annie Oakes Huntington

Testament of Happiness: Letters of Annie Oakes Huntington

Testament of Happiness: Letters of Annie Oakes Huntington

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Early in 1944 a statement headed, "Concerning the Letters of Annie O. Huntington," received a limited circulation. It read in part as follows:

"A few friends of the late Annie O. Huntington have been exploring the possibilities of printing a collection of her letters. The many friends who have had the good fortune to receive them remember vividly their clear reflection of the remarkable character of their writer--a lover of nature, of human beings, of life itself. Her buoyancy of spirit, through illness as in health, her inexhaustible fund of sympathy with others, her gift of humorous and serious expression, made memorable each day that brought a letter from her. It is now felt that a collection of her letters would he a source of pleasure both to these friends and to many outside her circle of intimates.

"A self-appointed committee consisting of the undersigned is ready to set in motion the preparation of such a volume. Miss Nancy Byrd Turner, of Ashland, Virginia, poet, editor, and comprehending friend, stands ready to bring her talents and experience to the compilation of the book.

"Friends who have letters which seem suitable for inclusion are invited to communicate with the committee."

That self-appointed committee consisted of Miss Jeannette W. Payson, of Portland, Maine, Miss Florence Windom and Mrs. Ernest Amory Codman, of Boston, and the signer of these introductory words. The statement of their plan called forth a response both sympathetic and generous. Many of Annie Huntington . . .

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