MY ILLEGIBLE HANDWRITING Si
enough for you. Practise at it daily, and let me have a sample of it occasionally. My love to your Father, Mother, and you.
" W. T. SHERMAN."
My unfortunate handwriting has always been a subject of worry to my friends. Longfellow, in acknowledging a letter from me, called it "a small Bible with large but illegible print." My first note to Cardinal Manning caused him to call to his aid several persons to try and make out the signature. Failing in this, and finding, after much difficulty, that the subject-matter of the letter was important, he sent an answer
"TO THE PERSON LIVING AT—"
then followed the address printed on my letterhead. I did not wonder at this, for I have often found it difficult to read my own writing, which is illegible because of an impatience to put down quickly what I want to say. Mr. Thomas Hall once brought me an autograph of Martha Washington, which he advised me to buy, saying it was rare and valuable. I agreed to do so, whereupon he opened the paper, turned down above the signature, and I read, " For two