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Letter from John Hay to editor of American Hebrew, Nov. 26

Letter from John Hay to editor of American Hebrew, Nov. 26

Washington Nov 26

To the Editor of the American Hebrew,

Sir:
I consider it an honor to be allowed to write my name among those of the friends of Miss Emma Lazarus. Her early death is not only a deep affliction to those of her own race and kindred; it is an irreparable loss to American literature. Nowhere among our writers was there a talent more genuine and substantial, a devotion to art for its own sake and for the sake of high principles,

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more earnest and simpleminded. From the very beginning of her literary life, her poetic faculty showed a constant and regular growth in strength and depth; her last writings were the richest and most attractive fruits of her genius. Her friends will never cease to mourn the loss of a personality singularly winning and sincere, which at once compelled respect and affection; and her place

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is already secure among our best writers -- those who to extraordinary gifts have added an ardent and self sacrificing devotion to justice, to purity, and to humanity.

I am yours sincerely

John Hay

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Letter from John Hay to editor of American Hebrew, Nov. 26

Washington Nov 26

To the Editor of the American Hebrew,

Sir:
I consider it an honor to be allowed to write my name among those of the friends of Miss Emma Lazarus. Her early death is not only a deep affliction to those of her own race and kindred; it is an irreparable loss to American literature. Nowhere among our writers was there a talent more genuine and substantial, a devotion to art for its own sake and for the sake of high principles,

<Page 2>

more earnest and simpleminded. From the very beginning of her literary life, her poetic faculty showed a constant and regular growth in strength and depth; her last writings were the richest and most attractive fruits of her genius. Her friends will never cease to mourn the loss of a personality singularly winning and sincere, which at once compelled respect and affection; and her place

<Page 3>

is already secure among our best writers -- those who to extraordinary gifts have added an ardent and self sacrificing devotion to justice, to purity, and to humanity.

I am yours sincerely

John Hay

Related content:

Letter from John Hay to editor of American Hebrew, Nov. 26

Washington Nov 26

To the Editor of the American Hebrew,

Sir:
I consider it an honor to be allowed to write my name among those of the friends of Miss Emma Lazarus. Her early death is not only a deep affliction to those of her own race and kindred; it is an irreparable loss to American literature. Nowhere among our writers was there a talent more genuine and substantial, a devotion to art for its own sake and for the sake of high principles,

<Page 2>

more earnest and simpleminded. From the very beginning of her literary life, her poetic faculty showed a constant and regular growth in strength and depth; her last writings were the richest and most attractive fruits of her genius. Her friends will never cease to mourn the loss of a personality singularly winning and sincere, which at once compelled respect and affection; and her place

<Page 3>

is already secure among our best writers -- those who to extraordinary gifts have added an ardent and self sacrificing devotion to justice, to purity, and to humanity.

I am yours sincerely

John Hay

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Date / time
1887

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Letter from John Hay to editor of American Hebrew, Nov. 26." (Viewed on November 23, 2014) <http://jwa.org/media/letter-from-john-hay-to-editor-of-american-hebrew-nov-26>.

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