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A Historical Curiosity

Discussing Emerson yesterday, I offered a quote from my book (buy it! buy it!) featuring Henry Ware Sr., elected professor of Divinity at Harvard in 1805, and his son Henry Ware Jr., friend and mentor to Emerson.

A reader dug up this from Google Books and sent it to me as an instance of fruit not falling far from the tree.

The book is Spies: The Rise and Fall of the KGB in America by John Earl Haynes, Harvey Klehr, and Alexander Vassiliev. Relevant quote:

Henry Ware . . . had been a useful KGB source for a period. It was Ware’s good luck that no defector had known him and he had managed to disengage from the KGB in time to avoid American counterintelligence.

Henry Ware the spy was a grandson of Edmund Asa Ware, a Massachusetts abolitionist who served as the first president of Atlanta University. I haven’t been able to discover his connection, if any, with the older Henry Wares, and in any case it seems a bit of a stretch to blame the follies of generation N on generation N – 3. Curious, though.

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