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Letter from Ronald Sokol to Daniel Meador, Monday, March 20, 1978

20 March 1978

Dear Dan:

Both yours of January 31st and February 13th have
both come, although they seem to take an unduly long
time to do so. The one of the 31st did not get here
until March 2nd which is about twenty-five days longer
than a letter between here and Washington usually takes.
I very much appreciated your moving my admission to
the Supreme Court, and I thank you for it. I was also
particularly grateful to receive the article from the
L.A. Times, and I photocopied it and sent it on to Lyn
Mostyn from whom I have not heard in several years.
I find just thinking about your loss of sight and
trying to imagine it so painful that I shall refrain from
saying more.Your observation that the sightless world
has not been adequately treated in literature leads to
the reflection that prior to the invention of the dictating
machine and tape recorder,the conversion of the exp-
erience into literature must have been nearly impossible.
You say that in your book you are dealing with more than
just this problem, but you do not elaborate. I was reading
an essay a while back,in fact I have been reading the
same essay for about two years although it is not particul-
arly long, on the psychological portrait of the Frenchman
of the late sixteenth century. One of the points of the
author is that the Frenchman of this period did not rely

Daniel J . Meador, Esq. Paqe 2 20 March 1978

on sight to the same extent that we do today. In fact,
his point is even sharper than that, in that he says that
sight was not the predominant sense as it is today. He
argues that hearing, smell, and touch were far more
important than they are today. He succeeded in convincing
me that those senses were more important but not of more.
I thank you for your invitation to stay with you in
Washington. Unfortunately,it does not look likely that
I shall get to D.C. this summer, but I do hope to get to
the States, and, if so, I shall certainly call you. In
respect to going to the States, I should like to ask you-
for the second time in the last couple of months – a favor.
I have applied for a grant from the National Endowment for
the Humanities to attend a one month seminar open to full-
time practitioners from such professions as law , medecine,
journalism, business, etcetera. They ask for the name of
the person most familiar with my work, and I believe that
is still unquestionably you. I would be grateful if you
could dictate a few lines on the sheet that I have enclosed
and send it off to the people who are listed on it. If the
time is simply not available to you, I shall of course

I applied to the following seminars: Moral Dilemmas
in Legal Roles, Robert M. Cover, Yale University Law School,
Lawyers and Justice in American Society, Jerold S. Auerbach,
Department of History, Wellesley College, and Changing
Concepts of the Individual and Society in America, Robert
F. Sayre, Department of English, University of Iowa. Two
years ago I spent a week at Harvard’s Summer Program that
they put on every two years, and I found it productive to
get back into the university environment for a short spell.
Two years have passed, and I think I am now ready for another
academic immersion, and these seminars look like just the thing.

I hope you will look upon the flat I have above my
office which in turn is located about a quarter of a mile from
my home as your French retreat and will come whenever the
desire for retreat, refuge, or repose should come upon you.

With very best wishes, I remain
As ever,

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