The posted woods on my property inside the city limits of Oxford contain several tame squirrels. Any hunter who feels himself too lacking in woodcraft and marksmanship to approach a dangerous wild squirrel, might feel safe with these. These woods are a part of the pasture used by my horses and milk cow; also, the late arrival will find them already full of other hunters. He is kindly requested not to shoot either of these.

William Faulkner
Oxford Eagle, Oxford, Miss.
October 15, 1959

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Text Source: James B. Meriwether, Ed., Essays, Speeches, & Public Letters (London: Chatto & Windus, 1967), p. 232.
Photo: A sign (obviously digitally modified) on State Highway 6 at the eastern entrance to Faulkner’s home Lafayette County, Mississippi.

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