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May 11 SaturdayBayard Taylor wrote from Berlin, Germany to Sam.

I have succeeded, by the aid of 4 Dictionaries, in deciphering your letter. The personal description, however, is not quite correct, and I doubt whether you are able to do it properly yourself. I recognize neither the gleaming eyes nor the bomb-proof moral character. I find that there is a certain official routine to be followed, and I can’t get outside of it. I inclose you the circular which is always sent by the Legation, in answer to applications for passports. The nearest Consul, in your case, is in Mannheim…His name is E.C. Smith, and he will attend to the whole business for you—especially the fees! [MTP].

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