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Please disregard any suggestion I may have made that you trace3 some of the erroneous statements about my visit to Housman4. The world is full of erroneous statements, and I notice that they seldom do any one serious harm.
"By misdirections find directions out
is a successful method, until it is carried too far. In your first letter
you stated that you had heard that I called upon Housman, and that "probably
he was rude, as always." I replied to your letter only because I thought
silence might mean acquiescence to your supposition that the man was rude.
He wasn't rude at all, but very courteous. I felt that I should say so.
In answer5 to your second letter I went a good deal farther than I should have gone, and told you exactly where I met Housman and how I obtained his address.
Now comes your third letter, which is practically a questionnaire. To these
questions I do not feel that it is incumbent upon me to reply. You even ask
me to expose a second person6 to a
cross-examination. After all, this is not a case for the Federal Bureau of
Investigation. One can dilate upon
one's personal experiences, or one can be reserved about them.