Now, nothing but full and free conversation with some person who does fully understand the matter, and who possesses his confidence, will raise his views to the proper elevation.
I must say, candidly, that I know nobody but you or myself competent to this; I mean, of course, who could be thought of for the errand.
I would go if I could.
I thought over that point before I wrote my other letter.
But I really cannot.
You have stated some of the obstacles,—my wife's health, my own, and Will's education (now my chief thought and duty); but there are others . . . . . But if I could go, it is no affected diffidence which makes me say that you would accomplish the object much better.
I have no particular aptitude for the kind of executive operations which this errand requires, —I mean purchasing books with discrimination in large masses.
Perhaps I am rather deficient in it. You possess it in an uncommon degree.
I think you would buy as many books for thirty thousand dollars as I