Thank you with all my heart for your New Year's letter. It was cheering merely to hear from you, and more cheering still to get such a message of friendship from you and of thoughtfulness for my welfare. You may be sure that all the good wishes are reciprocated many fold.
I am interested in what you tell me of Mr. Raleigh Minor's work, very much interested, but I could not venture at this time to give public sanction to any suggestion, as I am sure Mr. Minor will realize upon reflection. It is imperative that I should stand aloof at present for fear of seeming to press a matter which must be handled with the utmost delicacy and can be carried only the first pacticable step.
But I will write to him about it, and am very much complimented that he should desire my opinion about his important manuscript.