246: My Pen Pal

246: My Pen Pal

Sep 12, 2003
Stories of very unusual pen pals, people whose relationship could not exist without the help of the postal service.
  • Ira talks to historian Ted Widmer about two of the first pen pals in the New World. John Winthrop and Roger Williams were both Puritans in Massachussetts in the 1630's. Then Roger Williams was banished for suggesting the revolutionary idea that there should be separation between church and state. John Winthrop was the Governor of Massachussetts, which exiled him. But the two men somehow stayed friends, writing letters long after Williams was sent away. (6 minutes)FriendshipHistoryWriting

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