. . . Excerpts from letters received by the Editors of the Journal during the publication of the series of Shakespeare articles
Congratulations of the highest order are due Richard Bentley, Chicago attorney, author of "Elizabethan Whodunit: Who Was ' William Shake- Speare'?"
Without question, it is one of the most interesting articles I have ever read in any periodical. It was so fascinating that I took the copy home for my wife to read. I had never done this before with a legal magazine. She was delighted, pronounced it "excellent and intriguing". Now, she asks me to get another copy from you so that she can send it to a friend in Massachusetts . . .
It truly puzzles the will to see Mr. Bentley and Mr. Ogburn embarking on their sleeveless errand--the most bootless of all quests--the attempt to prove Shakespeare was not Shakespeare. . .
New York, New York
Any lawyer knows that a case can be built by a process of accepting favorable evidence and rejecting inconsistent evidence. Both Richard Bentley and Charlton Ogburn make the same errors. It is assumed that the writer of the plays must have been a lawyer, must have had knowledge of the Court, must have been college bred and must have been a gentleman. It is assumed that the writer of the plays must have been De Vere, because the Earl of Oxford was all of these things, and there seems to be some mystery about his life. The writer of the plays must have been the Earl of Oxford. . .