Letters, Mar. 28, 1932

Holmes at 91


Beside my desk on the wall there has hung since last March a clipping from TIME quoting Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes as saying upon the occasion of his 90th birthday: "Death plucks my ear and says 'Live—I am coming!' " Tonight's newspapers give an all too abbreviated report of his remarks upon his 91st birthday. I trust TIME will not cut his remarks severely, for they are usually so beautiful and mellow.

May time be kind enough to him and to us to preserve his active mind for many years. Nothing could add more to our precious heritage of literature...

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