Dear Mr. Cornwell,
I don’t know if you play chess, but you might be interested in Daniel Starbuck, a leading United States chess player in the second half of the 19th century. I like to think of him as Nathaniel’s cousin.
Thank you for that – I’d never heard of Daniel Starbuck, but will happily think of him as Nate’s cousin! It reminds me that one reviewer berated the first Starbuck book because, he claimed, ‘Starbuck is not an American name’. He had obviously never bothered to read Moby Dick.