Excerpt from letter to the editor, The New York Sun, 1897:
I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus. Papa says, "If you see it in The Sun, it's so." Please tell me the truth, is there a Santa Claus?
115 West Ninety Fifth Street
"Virginia, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except they see."
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Excerpt reprinted from editorial September 21, 1897, The New York Sun.