Letter from a Boy

Title of Letter: “Thou Shalt Do No Murder.”

To M. Herman Sneiders, Commandant of the National Guard of the Midelburg district.

Dear Sir,— Last week I received a document ordering me to appear at the municipal office to be, according to the law, enlisted in the National Guard. As you probably noticed, I did not appear, and this letter is to inform you, plainly and without equivocation, that I do not intend to appear before the commission. I know well that I am taking a heavy responsibility, that you have the right to punish me, and that you will not fail to use this right. But that does not frighten me. The reasons which lead me to this passive resistance seem to me strong enough to outweigh the responsibility I take.

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3 comments
Moe
Moe

I'm glad you guys read it because it took me like 20 minutes copy it out of my book!

Anyway, just got back from a mexican restaurant (it was some co-worker's birthday), so I think I'm going to fall a sleep at my desk after an extensive binging session on really heavy food. DAMN IT!

miSs
miSs

Definitely a timeless sort of a letter. I thought for sure it was written recently, and also written by an american. Absolutely blew my mind.

rocket
rocket

wow, very powerful, thanks