“The Barons of the Potomac and Rapahannock” came safely; and I am sincerely obliged both to you and to Mr. Bangs, whom I have not had the pleasure of knowing, and who is generous to lend to a stranger. I suppose he will not object to my keeping it a month or two? It is full of scraps of information which are new to me; but which it would take me a good while to copy, if I had to return the volume at once
The William and Mary Quarterly I already had; but I am none the less obliged to you you for your thoughtfulness in sending it. It is a valuable journal, and I am a subscriber.
I am amused, and good naturedly put out, that I cannot extract from your office any information as to whether the manuscript of my first paper, which I loaned to Mr. Pyle, has been received by you or not. But of course I should have been told, if it had not arrived.
I am well on in the preparation of the second paper; but am finding that I have to scour the country for the little points of information which, without going explicitly into my narrative, are implicit parts of the statements essential to it. It is not hard to write (except for the style!) after once you have made up your mind!
With much regard,