Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Francis P Church

The last two posts are my favorite paragraphs from Francis Church's famous editorial published in The New York Sun on September 21, 1897 in response to young Virginia O'Hanlon. She had originally ask her father if Santa Claus was real and her father responded, ' if you see it in The Sun its so.' So she wrote to the Sun and asked 'Please tell me the truth, is there a Santa Claus?'

Francis Church answered her letter. He was a lead editorial writer for The New York Sun, a paper owned by his brother. Mr. Church was also a war correspondent during the civil war. Church was born in 1839 and died in 1906 without any children.

What amazes me about his reply was that it contained so much heart. This was no cut and dry editorial. He must have had unshakable faith in the innate good of mankind to respond as he did. And how can you do anything but believe after reading it?

Don't forget the great blogs at: Amarinda Jones, Julia Barrett and Molly Daniels.


Julia Rachel Barrett said...

A very cool factoid!

Unknown said...

Or was he just saying what people wanted to hear? Yes, cynical - but also sometimes people need to hear a pretty version to make 'em feel better

Sandra Cox said...

Thanks, Julia.

Amarinda, Yup, sometimes people do.

Molly Daniels said...

Thanks Sandra; I never knew the whole story behind it:)

Mona Risk said...

Interesting story, Sandra. Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday.