It was a very generous thought that prompted you to write your letter of October seventeenth and I thank you for it out of a very full heart. I think you must know how I value your friendship and approval, and such a letter coming from you has brought me deep cheer and encouragement.
I am happy to say that those who have reported to you that I am physically well and fit have spoken the truth. I really never was better in my life, though how it happens I cannot explain. I think it must in part be the stimulation of great duties and the absolute necessity to spend my energies equably throughout the twenty-four hours.
I hope, my dear fellow, that you are keeping well, and it is delightful to think of such a friend in the midst of the financial affairs which mean so much in their right guidance to the prosperity and success of the country.
Faithfully and sincerely yours,
With warmest regard,
Mr. Edward W. Sheldon,
45 Wall Street,
New York City.