I am interested in a synonym for "taken it kindly" in this context:

A. I. Root, “Letter 1 addressed to Wilbur Wright”, October 8, 1904

Dear Friend Wright:-

… I have repeatedly already explained to my friends that I was not at liberty to mention what I witnessed and they have always taken it kindly; in fact, I have been a good deal disappointed because so few people, even the members of my own family, regard it as such a non important matter.

Did the friends of A. I. Root believe him, have doubts or "taken it kindly" has a different meaning that I completely miss?

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It means to be agreeable to something. In this case, to understand and not complain.

take kindly to something

to be agreeable to something.

  • My father doesn't take kindly to anyone using his tools.
  • I hope they'll take kindly to our request.

The Free Dictionary

  • I have seen that definition but it is for "take kindly to". In my case there is no "to". I have a "take it kindly" not "take kindly to it". Commented Jan 25, 2017 at 3:18
  • It is a slightly different construction, but it has the same meaning. You can read it as "they have taken kindly to it."
    – Mick
    Commented Jan 25, 2017 at 3:36

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