May 30, 2014 (REVISED June 2, 2014) Life of Unitarian Uncovered in New Book

Edward Everett Hale’s Life Rediscovered in Family Papers at Library of Congress

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Unitarian minister Edward Everett Hale (1822-1909) boasted of a distinguished lineage – the son of American Revolutionary War patriot Nathan Hale and the nephew of Edward Everett, the great orator and statesman. Hale was the longtime minister of South Congregational Church in Boston, a leading social reformer and moral leader, a peace advocate and a prolific author (including the famous patriotic story "The Man Without a Country"). In the final years of his life, he was chaplain to the U.S. Senate.

Sara Day, author of “Coded Letters, Concealed Love: The Larger Lives of Harriet Freeman and Edward Everett Hale” (New Academia Publishing, 2014), will discuss and sign her work on Tuesday, June 10, at noon in the Mary Pickford Theater, located on the third floor of the James Madison Memorial Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C. This Books & Beyond event, sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, is free and open to the public; no tickets are required.

Day will discuss Hale’s legacy and his 25-year extramarital relationship with Harriet Freeman, a woman of means with a strong interest in the sciences and nature conservation. Day discovered the affair while doing research in the 3,000 letters archived at the Library of Congress between Hale and the far younger Freeman. The letters were partly written in code, but Day persisted until she found a key that revealed the proverbial Rosetta Stone the secrets.

Day has spent nearly her entire career in historical interpretation as a researcher, writer, editor and curator, both freelance and at the Library of Congress. She has written, co-written or collaborated on 11 books and six exhibitions, as well as numerous articles.

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PR 14-097
ISSN 0731-3527