TOLEDO, Ohio, Dec. 9 (UPI) -- An Ohio library said someone returned a missing copy of a Napoleon Bonaparte biography with a letter apologizing for taking the book 60 years ago.
The Maine Library in downtown Toledo said "Napoleon," a biography of the French leader by Emil Ludwig, was taken from the collection without being checked out in 1949 and appeared recently in the mail along with a letter bearing a Beverly Hills, Calif., postmark, The Toledo Blade reported Wednesday.
"Carrying guilt for 60 years is a terrible thing," the letter read.
"I removed this book from your stacks in 1949 and did not check it out. I apologize. It's an excellent book and in good condition," the mystery patron wrote.
The letter was signed: "Sorry, An ex-Toledoan."
Library officials said it was a rare incident.
"We have late books returned to the library. We do not have 60 years late," said Rhonda Sewell, spokeswoman for the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library.