Excerpt from Letters and Journals of Thomas Wentworth Higginson, 1846-1906
It is a bewildering and fascinating thing to read old letters; they are so full of vitality that one can scarcely bear it. I feel this strangely in turning over my army papers; they seem to belong to some one twin-born with me, but who led a wholly different life from me, with whom I have now no communion save' in the dim throbbing of the same nerves which that touches.
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