Did I detect an allusion to the Importance of Being Earnest there, or was it unintentional?
.It was intentional.
...and of course that penmanship thing was something he could turn on and off...
And I didn't realize he known for giving away books...but that is totally consistent with the content of his letters to Nephi Anderson and family.
.Right. I'd heard that before, but seeing it in that letter you posted was my first sense of what that looked like.