Love Letters of Great Men
Love-Letters of Great Men and Women
From the Eighteenth Century to the Present Day
By C. H. Charles, published in 1924.
Scan of original book in PDF format, 127MB. 302 pages with fourty-five illustrations.
THE LOST ART OF LETTER WRITING
THE ultimate end of all social intercourse, says Emerson, is a little high conversation. But the universal solvent of high conversation, that which turns “ into shining ether the solid angularity of facts,” is the gracious presence of high-bred and charming women who preside as the queens of the tourney over the clash of opinions and safeguard the lists for rule of knightly manners and the laws of courtesy and fair play. For, without their gentle precept and example, men will argue, their opponents wrangle, women gossip, tub-thumpers brawl, Yankees brag, the clergy and schoolmasters dogmatise, children and ill-bred people interrupt and contradict, while the masses, childlike, inquisitive, familiar, sway from cuffs to caresses, “will stand a pint one minute, and black your eye the next.”