Typewritten copy. Refers to an article Arthur [is writing] on Thompson, and remarks on some aspects of it. Gives his own impressions of Thompson, asserting that, despite his 'illnatured sayings', he was a kind man, and recalls the enjoyment he derived from conversing with him. States that he has decided not to write an obituary notice for him, because, despite having a real admiration for the man, he has 'always regarded his life as a failure, 'because though the quality of his production was excellent, its quantity was so very meagre.' Believes that although he was not made to be a great thinker or 'epoch-making scholar', he might have done a great work 'in the way of mediating between ancient thought and the modern spirit.' Undertakes to send anything else he thinks worth saying on the subject, and expresses the desire to see Arthur's article.