This series has been withdrawn for a restart. We'll start with the timeline, then get into the compare and contrast.
Sears use of the word "intimation" in yesterday's post originates with McClellan's letter to Porter of 4/18/61 and needs more treatment than given. I'll put the timeline up late Thursday and relaunch the first post on Friday.
The matter of McClellan's commission is interesting to me as one of those quick-browse indicators that tells whether the author researcher or rehasher.