DR. EDWARD EVERETT HALE
Pennsylvania, January 14, .
dear Cousin: I had thought to write to you long before this in answer to your
kind letter which I was so glad to receive, and to thank you for the beautiful
little book which you sent me; but I have been very busy since the beginning of
the New Year. The publication of my little story in the Youth's Companion has
brought me a large number of letters,--last week I received sixty-one!--and
besides replying to some of these letters, I have many lessons to learn, among
them Arithmetic and Latin; and, you know, Caesar is Caesar still, imperious and
tyrannical, and if a little girl would understand so great a man, and the wars
and conquests of which he tells in his beautiful Latin language, she must study
much and think much, and study and thought require time.
shall prize the little book always, not only for its own value; but because of
its associations with you. It is a delight to think of you as the giver of one
of your books into which, I am sure, you have wrought your own thoughts and
feelings, and I thank you very much for remembering me in such a very beautiful
February Helen and Miss Sullivan returned to Tuscumbia. They spent the rest of
the spring reading and studying. In the summer they attended the meeting at
Chautauqua of the American Association for the Promotion of the Teaching of
Speech to the Deaf, where Miss Sullivan read a paper on Helen Keller's
the fall Helen and Miss Sullivan entered the Wright-Humason School in New York,
which makes a special of lip-reading and voice-culture. The "singing
lessons" were to strengthen her voice. She had taken a few piano lessons at
the Perkins Institution. The experiment was interesting, but of course came to
MISS CAROLINE DERBY
West 76th St.
York. Oct. 23, 1894.
school is very pleasant, and bless you! it is quite fashionable.... I study
Arithmetic, English Literature and United States History as I did last winter. I
also keep a diary. I enjoy my singing lessons with Dr. Humason more than I can
say. I expect to take piano lessons sometime....
Saturday our kind teachers planned a delightful trip to Bedloe's Island to see
Bartholdi's great statue of Liberty enlightening the world.... The ancient
cannon, which look seaward, wear a very menacing expression; but I doubt if
there is any unkindness in their rusty old hearts.
is a gigantic figure of a woman in Greek draperies, holding in her right hand a
torch.... A spiral stairway leads from the base of this pedestal to the torch.
We climbed up to the head which will hold forty persons, and viewed the scene on
which Liberty gazes day and night, and O, how wonderful it was! We did not
wonder that the great French artist thought the place worthy to be the home of
his grand ideal. The glorious bay lay calm and beautiful in the October
sunshine, and the ships came and went like idle dreams; those seaward going
slowly disappeared like clouds that change from gold to gray; those homeward
coming sped more quickly like birds that seek their mother's nest....