The Years At Yale: Scholar, Athlete, Women's Rights Advocate
© Manuscripts and Archives, Yale University Library, 2009
Hale and his classmate Benjamin Tallmadge sometimes wrote to each other in rhyme. Hale wrote one to Tallmadge in Wethersfield when they were both teaching school right after college. Here is the opening verse: Friend Tallmadge,
Whene'er with friends I correspond,
I seek for food of which they're fond.
But if my best's of meaner kind,
I strive to dress it to their mind.
For this I leave my wonted course,
With you, and seek for aid from verse.