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he formation of such a character is difficult and rare.
My sincere and devout wish is that the son of my beloved classmate may attain to such a character in the highest degree; that he may be adorned with every virtue; that he may rise to eminence in reputation, in goodness, and in usefulness.
In a later letter, dated July 10, in which he approves Sumner's efforts for peace, Dr. Woods enjoins his young friend to peruse and re-peruse the best works on ethics and theology,—as those of Bishop Butler, Robert Hall, and Robert Boyle.
Joshua R. Giddings in his first letter to Sumner, Dec. 13, 1846, wrote of the Phi Beta Kappa oration:—
I feel constrained to express to you my thanks for that able production.
It is calculated to make men better, to raise the standard of virtue, and to excite an exalted love of virtue.
The approval of your own conscience, the respect of good men, and the blessings of Heaven will reward such efforts.
William H. Seward wrote Dec. 16, 1846 (his