- A biography from the period reads:
"In the ranks of the literary workers of America there is one figure that deserves the distinguishing title of the "Grand Old Man," of letters. Edward Everett Hale, D.D., is a survivor of that class of writers and thinkers of which Emerson, Lowell and Parkman were such conspicuous representatives. He was born in Boston, Mass., April 3, 1822. After graduating at Harvard, in 1839, he studied theology and became a Unitarian minister. He was pastor of the Church of the Unity, of Worcester, Mass., from 1846 to 1856, since which time he has been pastor of the South Congregational Church, Boston. Dr. Hale has published a large number of books. The one that first gave him international fame was "The Man Without a Country," which appeared in 1861. Prior to that he had produced "The Rosary," in 1848, and "America," in 1856. Among his subsequent works may be mentioned "His Level Best," and other stories, 1872, "Ups and Downs," 1873; "Working-Men's Homes" and "In His Name," 1874; "Philip Nolan's Friends," 1876; "Boys' Heroes," 1885; "What is the American People," 1885. He edited a series of stories of the war, sea, adventure, etc., from 1880 to 1885, and (conjointly with Miss Hale) wrote "A Family Flight Through France, Germany, etc.," in 1881. Mr. Hale has been a frequent contributor to periodicals, was editor of the "Christian Examiner," and the founder and editor of that popular publication, "Old and New." He afterward became editor of "Lend Me a Hand," and his work in the field of literature shows the same vigor and freshness today that characterized in thirty years ago. His stories are interesting and wholesome and show the masterly skill of the scholar."