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A letter from prison

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Military Prison, Johnson’s Island, Ohio, 7th May 1864.
Dear Parents:
Father’s letter of the 25th Apr. reached me some days since.There is no immediate prospect of an exchange of prisoners, so far as I can judge, although we have a great many rumors pro and con, and both sides are supported by much testimony.For my own part, I am always hopeful, but believe nothing, except that every day that passes leaves one less to be endured.My health continues as good as could be expected, and I hope to live to see the outside world, unless previously hung.I am sorry we see things so differently and that our ideas of right and wrong are so much opposed on one another: but I am hopeful on that subject also, and confidently expect to see the day when we shall agree much better, or at least when our differences will be only on matter of history.I could write quite a sermon on this subject, and the beauty of charity contrasted with iconoclastic zeal; but I presume you would never receive it if I did – a…

Easter weekend

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The Schiro Reading Room will be closed Friday April 18 and Saturday April 19, resuming normal current hours at 10:00 am on Monday April 21. Have a good weekend.


Image is from The Mammals of Louisiana and its Adjacent Waters by George H. Lowery, Jr.
p. 165, swamp rabbit.     QL 719 .L8 L68    LACOLL Reference.

Tour of Toole's New Orleans, June 7, 2014

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Cory MacLauchlin, author of Butterfly in the Typewriter, is planning to host a John Kennedy Toole event on Saturday, June 7, 2014.    He recently posted this information on his web site:

The New Orleans of A Confederacy of Dunces and John Kennedy Toole

A tour of JKT’s New Orleans is being organized for June 7, 2014. We will escape from Baton Rouge! As your guide I will show you the sites and tell you the stories that inspired A Confederacy of Dunces. The tour includes a presentation of the Toole Papers at Tulane University, some of JKT’s favorite French Quarter haunts and a behind-the-scenes look at the Lucky Dog Warehouse. Space is limited. Tickets are on sale now through the Manship Theatre. If you have any questions please contact Marti Luke at martiluke@reagan.com
The Louisiana Research Collection is honored to be a stop on the tour.  


Posted by Susanna Powers

PLEASE NOTE:  As of May 27, the June 7, 2014 tour has been CANCELLED.    It may be re-planned in the future.