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Humanitarian Slaver?

May 19, 1991

Edward Rice, in reviewing "Sir Francis Drake" by John Sugden (April 21), omits credit for his statement: "Drake stands out as a unique example of a humanitarian."

Drake and his kinsman, Sir John Hawkins, both acknowledged slavers and pirates, were made English knights; but Drake was a "humanitarian" and Hawkins merely "notorious"? In whose opinion?

LAURA CANNOM, LOS ANGELES

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