[Francis Fisher] Browne
Browne the BelovedFrancis Fisher Browne, or Browne the Beloved as I call him, was one of the very finest rarest men I ever knew. During the last five or six years of his life when I came to know him intimately my love and admiration has been constantly growing as the noble strength and beauty of his character came more and more lovingly to view. And I have never ceased to wonder how he was able to do so vast an amount of downright hard work of lasting influence on our literature and at the same time lend a helping hand to hundreds of young aspiring writers, sympathizing with them in their struggles, and cheering them on with heartening advice while fighting an almost every day battle against bad health, heavy enough to utterly disable most men.He was one of the literary pioneers of the old West who have made roaring commercial Chicago a center of literature. His Dial is regarded by far better judges than I am as the most influential of all the American papers devoted to literary affairs. This paper he founded some thirty three years ago & edited it almost up to the day of his death.
1913 May 28
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