I guess being reclusive is a poor way to make friends.
My read is Shipton didn't exactly make friends at Bird Song.
I will try to make friends instead of enemies.
Never wanted to try to make friends or anything?
To the last he maintained the narrow standpoint of Pusey and Keble, in defiance of all the developments of modern thought and modern scholarship; and his latter years were embittered by the consciousness that the younger generation of the disciples of his school were beginning to make friends of the Mammon of scientific unrighteousness.