Feb. 19th, 2005

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I suppose I said my goodbyes in yesterday's post. Rest in peace, [livejournal.com profile] wouldprefernot2, Bartleby, Jeff.

Jeffrey Alan Schneier died at 7:58 p.m., 18 February 2005, at Georgetown University Hospital, of complications from multiple myeloma. He was 37 years old.

"When I think over this rumor, I cannot adequately express the emotions which seize me. Dead letters! Does it not sound like dead men? Conceive a man by nature and misfortune prone to a pallid hopelessness, can any business seem more fitted to heighten it than that of continually handling these dead letters and assorting them for the flames? For by the cart-load they are annually burned. Sometimes from out the folded paper the pale clerk takes a ring: — the finger it was meant for, perhaps, moulders in the grave; a bank-note sent in swiftest charity: — he whom it would relieve, nor eats nor hungers any more; pardon for those who died despairing; hope for those who died unhoping; good tidings for those who died stifled by unrelieved calamities. On errands of life, these letters speed to death. Ah Bartleby! Ah humanity!"

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