Bethune, George W. Greene, and Brantz Mayer on literary subjects; with Lieber on historical questions; with Vaux, Parrish, and Foulke, all of Philadelphia, on prison discipline; with William and John Jay on measures against war and slavery; with Giddings, Palfrey, and Mann on issues in Congress and the antislavery movement;
He was also in familiar relations at this time with S. P. Chase. with Whittier, Charles Allen, S. C. Phillips, and many others on political resistance in Massachusetts to n 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