MY DEAR MR. GORDON:
I am truly grateful for your kindness in letting me know how generous a part Professor Wilson acted towards me. From my school-days, when I delighted in the Isle of Palms and the City of the Plague, I have admired his genius. Politics at a later period made us, in some sense, enemies. But I have long entertained none but kind feelings towards him, and his conduct on Tuesday is not the first proof which he has given that he feels kindly towards me. I hope that you will let him know how much pleasure and how much pride I felt when I learned he had given me so conspicuous a mark of his esteem.
With many thanks for your congratulations, believe me, yours most truly,
T. B. Macaulay