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22nd of July 2018

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Team Twitter reunites woman with a letter sent to her by a famous poet

2016%2f09%2f16%2fe7%2fhttpsd2mhye01h4nj2n.cloudfront.netmediazgkymde1lzex.0212fBy Rachel Thompson2018-07-04 10:39:03 UTC

Sometimes, just sometimes, Twitter isn't a terrible wasteland of Very Bad Things™. 

Indeed, sometimes the internet rallies together to help people and reunite them with possessions they've lost. 

That's certainly what happened when Stewart Law, who lives in Belfast, asked Twitter for a helping hand in getting a letter back to its rightful owner. To his delight, Twitter delivered — in fewer than 30 minutes, no less. 

It started on Tuesday, when Law tweeted that he'd found a letter penned by Irish poet Seamus Heaney inside a second-hand book many years ago. 

"I wonder if the owner would like it back?" he asked. 

Don't often ask for retweets but hoping Irish Twitter will do its thing. Years ago I found this letter from Seamus Heaney inside a 2nd hand book I bought in Belfast. I wonder if the owner would like it back? pic.twitter.com/Qax46RfVfp

— StewartL64 ❄️ (@StewartL64) July 3, 2018

Here's a close up of the letter:

Not long after, Law reported back that he'd located the owner with the help of Queen's University Belfast's special collections library. 

Update, in less than thirty minutes I think we have found the owner, and are contacting family right now. Special thanks to @QUBSC

— StewartL64 ❄️ (@StewartL64) July 3, 2018

The owner of the letter, Sophia Hillan, replied to Law's tweet saying: "Yes, it was to me!" 

"I am the Sophia Hillan who was at Irish Studies and would love to have it back," she wrote. "I am pleased and touched that the finder thought to contact me. Seamus was a kind and loyal friend until his untimely death." 

Yes, it was to me! I am the Sophia Hillan who was at Irish Studies and would love to have it back. I am pleased and touched that the finder thought to contact me. Seamus was a kind and loyal friend until his untimely death.

— Sophia (@HillanSophia) July 3, 2018

Three cheers for the internet! 

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