Saturday, April 18, 2015


My Failure to Answer Emails

Washington Irving, letter to Mlle. Bollviller (May 28, 1828):
For my part, I know no greater delight than to receive letters; but the replying to them is a grievous tax upon my negligent nature. I sometimes think one of the greatest blessings we shall enjoy in heaven, will be to receive letters by every post and never be obliged to reply to them.
This (in abbreviated form) is no. 138 in Ian Jackson's anthology The Imperfect Correspondent in Historical Perspective, Vol. II (Berkeley, 2006).

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