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Letter from Daniel Meador to Ronald Sokol, Sunday, August 18, 1985

[Note: mistakes below are as found in the letter. Initial letters of lines inserted (when cut off) according to common sense.]

Reҫu le 26 AOUT 1985

August 18, 1985

Dear Ron,

I understand that Ned and Ann Slaughter are heading your way
soon. They are long-time friends of ours in Charlottesville, and
I am sure that they will have a grand time visiting there. Jan
and I have often talked of planning to pop bey to see you some
day but have never been able to work it out.

As you can see from the mistakes, I am typing this myself.
Years ago while in law school I taught myself touch typing in
anticipation or hope of being a law clerk for Hugo Black and
[t]huss having to type cert memos. However, I have not typed much
over the years since. I an taking it up again because I am giving
serious consideration to acquiring a fancy talking computer that
will enable me to write and adit alone. To be able to pursue the
writing process without the use of another human being would be
magnificent. To operate this equipment I need to be able to tr type
well. So I am now praciticing, and the best way to use my practice
time productively is to write letters to people I know. Hence
you are teh beneficiayr;y of these faultering efforts to reve
this skill.

In recent years I ha[v]e been plowing along with the usual
sorts of law review articles. But I find myself increasingly drawn
to fiction. For several years a vo novel has been developing in
my mind, a piece here and a piece there. It is getting to the point
that the writing of it is becoming an almost irresitible urge. Thus
if I do get this computer I may launch into that project. I am
relunctant to start it because of great uncertainty on um part
that I can pull it off. When I set out to write a law review
airticle I am confident that I can do something that is at least
respectabie and that it will get publoshed somewhere. There is
on such assurance with fiction. I could easily invest hundreds od
hours over a rear of two and then have nothing but worthless
ramblings. So I am hesitant. It may be that one must take the risk
here as in so many other areas of life. In any event, I will probab
not have the equipment, if at all, for a few more months.

We have just finished another session with our judges,
winding up the second term for the third class in the program. We b
befin receiving applications for the next class this fall. Law
Schllo classes begin this week. I have necer become accustomed to
[a]nAugust beginning for the academis year. The University is getting
a new President this fall. He is Robert O’Neill, a Ra Garcard Law
scgool graduate who will teach one couae in the law schol here each
semester. Since March I have decoted a substantial amount of time t
[t]o plannin the inauguration of October 2, inasmuch as I am charman
of the Committee on the Inauguration. The details are legion. I
think I know th chief of protocol at the State Department must feel.
It should be an impressive occasion, If I do say so myself. I
must say that I do enjor a bit of pomp and me. ceremony from time to

I hope that this is all moderately legible. Surely the typing will
improve as i move along i with daily practice. I hope tthat sometime
[illegible letters]s are going well with you and family. [Illegible] Dan
[handwrittem signature]

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