As you might gather from my posting about Hank Sauer, I am an autograph collector. Over the years, I have collected perhaps 300 to 400 original letters and signed first editions of the noted author and theologian Edward Everett Hale (1822-1909). How I started collecting Hale’s original letters is a story in itself. Suffice to say, it has been an interesting ride.
From 1901 to 1909, Hale was the Chaplain of the United States Senate. When the Reverend Hale was chaplain of the U.S. Senate, he was asked if he prayed for the Senators. “No,” he said. “I look at the Senators and I pray for the country.” Living through these last few weeks suggests that we might all profit by similar petitions. . . .