I don't know when I've enjoyed any recent travel article as much as I did "The Grave Seeker" in the Oct. 25 Travel section. Just when I was beginning to think I was the only one left to do such esoteric activities!

My only criticism is that the writer did not emphasize nearly enough the eerie sensation the Sleepy Hollow graveyard provides any visitor.

In the section next to the church, one can view graves dating back to the 1600s (including many with variations of the Van Tassel surname made famous in the "Legend of Sleepy Hollow"), complete with thick, tall grasses competing for space among the ancient markers. When I visited there in 1983, the only thing that was missing for full atmospheric effect was a full moon and some mist floating in patches over the graveyard.

Beth Searfoss La Plata, Md. Two incorrect statements in "The Grave Seeker" should be corrected.

The writer asks, "Why isn't Grant in Grant's tomb?" He is -- having been reinterred there in 1897 from a temporary vault located in the same vicinity of Riverside Park in New York City.

Likewise, visitors to the grave of Carl Sandburg should not go to St. John in the Wilderness Church in Flat Rock, N.C. (where Sandburg's funeral service was indeed held). Sandburg's body was cremated and the ashes placed under Remembrance Rock, located at his birthplace, 331 E. Third, Galesburg, Ill.

Jerry A. McCoy Washington

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