Speaking as one of the millions of hard-of-hearing folk in this land I wish that in your admirable review of Harriet Martineau's Retrospect of Western Travel (TIME, Nov. 2) the reviewer had played up more dramatically Harriet's really amazing achievement. This was not writing a lively and realistic description of our infant republic, but rather in spite of serious deafness collecting the facts for it. My lifelong interest in Harriet was inspired by her handicap, for I, too, have been seriously deaf all my life. . . .
I wish also...