Letters, Sep. 29, 1952

Language, Bolted & Otherwise

Sir:

I recall that last spring, W. T. Radius [April 14] lent Eisenhower Cicero's advice to run ["Those whom Nature has endowed with the capacity for administering public affairs, should . . . enter the race . . ."]. Against his eloquent antagonist, however, the general could better use Cicero's art than his counsel. We may, perhaps, excuse him as Shakespeare excused the speech of another army man seeking office:

Consider this: he has been bred i' the wars

Since 'a could draw a sword, and is ill-schooled

In bolted language; meal...

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