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Dated Boston, April 22, 1890. To "My dear Sir, There is no answer to the argument against immortality, so far as I can see, on physiological or materialistic grounds. The eye is the organ of sight, - when that perishes sight perishes with it, even though the rest of the body remains living - so when the brain perishes, its function, conciousness in all its modifications, perishes." He says the belief in "personal immortality" depends on "...faith and imagination. Read Thomas a Kempis and see how absolutely real to him is the life of the spirit, independent of the body." He mentions his novel, "Elsie Venner", as dealing in part with this issue - "If conciousness is separate from its bodily organism, then immortality of the soul is conceivable. To some the belief in this is natural and easy, to others difficult - perhaps impossible. Daniel Webster had inscribed on his tombstone 'Lord I believe, help thou my unbelief'. That is undoubtedly the mental attitude of many 'Christians' of today". One sheet, folded to make four pages, three are used, about 200 words. Slightly tender folds, a Very Good letter.
Title: Autograph Letter, Signed.
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Seller ID: holmes,oliverwendell.600datedboston,april22,1890