Adams wrote on August 2, 1910, to Gaskell: "When I flung my little volume in professional faces last winter, and--so to speak--kicked my American Universities in the stomach as violently and insultingly as I could, I calculated on getting one sharp reaction and protest for every hundred copies of the Letter I sent out. After all, I am the doyen of their School, and they have got to listen to what I tell them. As a matter of fact, every correspondence has taken the tone,--'Why, of course! We know, etc., etc. But, etc. etc.' My poor dear old friend and fellow William James alone has put up some sort of a fight. Society is ready for collectivism; it has no fight left in it; and our class is as defunct as the dodo." Ibid., 546.
At least one other person did respond critically to the Letter, although Adams had not received his reply at the time of his correspondence with James. Henry A. Bumstead, a Yale mathematical physicist, wrote to Adams on June 16, 1910, but his letter had apparently not arrived (or Adams failed to acknowledge it) before his letter of August 2 to Gaskell. See William H. Jordy, Henry Adams: Scientific Historian ( New Haven: Yale University Press, 1952), 216n.