1862-08-26, Charles Eliot Norton
To CHARLES ELIOT NORTON
August 26, 1862, Wheeling
You must permit me, Mr. Norton, to tell you what a pleasant “good morning” that was you offered me yesterday. “Western savage” that I am. I know nothing of Arthur Clough but from your introduction but [sic] and your words, healthful, delicate, and strong – suggest a friend that deserves such recognition, from you— So I accept your friend certain I shall prove him to have been the world’s friend as well.
I could not wait to prove this—before telling you that you have given me pleasure, and I am glad you thought of giving it—
R. B. Harding
1. Arthur Clough (1819-1861), British poet. The volume Norton sent was Mari Magno (1861).