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Title: The Upton Letters Author: Arthur Christopher Benson Posting Date: August 18, 2009 [EBook #4615] Release Date: November, 2003 First Posted: February 19, 2002 Language: English Character set encoding: ASCII *** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK THE UPTON LETTERS *** Produced by Don Lainson and Charles Aldarondo.
HTML version by Al Haines. THE UPTON LETTERS By ARTHUR CHRISTOPHER BENSON aedae muri’ eseidon oneirata, koudepo aos. 1905 PREFACE These letters were returned to me, shortly after the death of the friend to whom they were written, by his widow.
It seems that he had been sorting and destroying letters and papers a few days before his wholly unexpected end.
-We won’t destroy these,- he had said to her, holding the bulky packet of my letters in his hand; -we will keep them together.
T---- ought to publish them, and, some day, I hope he will.- This was not, of course, a deliberate judgement; but his sudden death, a few days later, gives the unconsidered wish a certain sanctity, and I Sat Apr 01 00:26:37 2017 2 have determined to obey it.
Moreover, she who has the best right to decide, desires it.
A few merely personal matters and casual details have been omitted; but the main substance is there, and the letters are just as they were written.
Such hurried compositions, of course, abound in literary shortcomings, but perhaps they have a certain spontaneity which more deliberate writings do not always possess.
I wrote my best, frankest, and liveliest in the letters, because I knew that Herbert would value both the thought and the expression of the thought.
And, further, if it is necessary to excuse so...

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