On this day in history, September 21st 1897, the editorial "Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus", written by veteran newsman Francis Church, appears in the New York Sun. Church's response to eight year old Virginia O'Hanlon's letter to the editor has since become history's most reprinted editorial and a hallmark of American Christmas culture. The editorial is not only famous for its cultural impact, but also for the author's use of Virginia's letter to comment on the philosophical and academic intellectual trends of his day. Virginia wrote, "Dear Editor: I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus. Papa says, ‘If you see it in the Sun it’s so.’ Please tell me the truth; is there a Santa Claus?" Here is the first paragraph of Church's response: "Virginia, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be men’s or children’s, are little. In this great universe of ours, man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect, as compared with the boundless world about him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge."