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Emma Lazarus to Philip Cowen circa 1883

Transcription of a letter from Emma Lazarus to Philip Cowen circa 1883.
Lazarus, Emma
Date / time
...As for my "copy," I have not written anything this week, and do not think I shall, as "the spirit" does not move me. I am never going to write for the sake of writing. Now for disappointment No. 3. To refer to the Sun article. It seems to me so coarse and vulgar that it deserves no reply from any self-respecting Jew. It represents the habitual light in which we are regarded as a race by the Christians, but it happen to be couched in somewhat more offensive terms than usual. I am perfectly conscious that this contempt and hatred underlies the general tone of the community towards us, and yet when I even remotely hint at the fact that we are not a favorite people I am accused of stirring up strife and setting barriers between the two sects. The particular article ought in my opinion to be treated with absolute contempt. It is too vile to touch.

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