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Made by: Oliver Wendall Holmes

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A folded sheet of paper with a printed announcement dated Boston Dec. 26, 1888 stating that O.W. Holmes's eyesight had become so bad that he had to have an assistant write most of his letters. Inside however is an autograph letter from Holmes to Mr. Underwood about friends in England and hoping that Underwood will write a book about Edinburgh and Scotland. First page in typeface: Dr. Holmes regrets that impaired eyesight and the large demands made upon his time by distant and unknown friends oblige him to contract his hitherto extended correspondence, and to avail himself of the services of an assistant in writing. Boston, November 1st 1887. Second page: Boston Dec 27 1888 My dear Underwood, My sight grows more dim from year to year if not from month to month, but I can write a fair emough hand still, though I spare my eyes now more and more. I was much interested by your letter of the 27th especially by what you wrote of the Max Mullers. The Professor instructed a most delightful man and there was not one among my many new friends I made in Great Britain whom I shouls meet again with greater pleasure-I ought to have thanked you for writing to me long before this, but I find it very hard to keep up with my correspondents. We should all be glad to see you back again, but we dont want you political head to come off. Lowell is back safe and sound-dine with me the other day and is going to again-I trust that you mean to make a book about Glasgow and Scotland when you get back Always faithfully yours OW Holmes

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Boston, USA
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15.2 x 12.7 cm (6 x 5 in.)

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Bequest of Marjorie Merriweather Post, 1973