strengthened more

a. He was strengthened by the hope I gave him. He was more strengthened by the letter his wife had sent him.

b. He was strengthened by the hope I gave him. He was strengthened more by the letter his wife had sent him.

Are both sentences grammatically correct?

Do they have the same meaning?

It seems to me that there are two meanings possible for the second sentence.

First possible meaning: He was strengthened by the letter more than by the hope I gave him.

Second possible meaning: He was strengthened some more by the letter.

I think (a) corresponds to the first meaning, and (b) could have either meaning.

Is that right?

Many thanks

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