Happy New Year

Posted January 4, 2012 10:31 am by Lauren Forbes

Or, as John Lothrop Motley, American historian and diplomat, put it to John Murray III, in his letter dated January 16, 1865:

Let me thank you sincerely for your kind wishes for the season & pray accept in return our best remembrances. May there be a long succession of MC’s and HNY’s for you & yours. May all your inclinations in this new year be fulfilled – provided always, as the parson in the Antiquary used to say to Miss Oldbuck, provided always that they are virtuous -

Better than the average New Year wishes – and generally his letters in the archive are equally good, and interesting, including his strong views on the American civil war. They can be found in MS.40853.

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