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To President Quincy, Cambridge.

Boston, Feb. 12, 1841.
my dear Sir,—I cannot forbear intruding upon you, to say how much I have been gratified by your remarks before the Board of Overseers, as reported in this morning's ‘Advertiser.’ Most sincerely do I wish you success in your honorable endeavors to raise the standard of education among us; and I can see no better step towards that consummation than the one you propose, so far as I am acquainted with it. Let the degree of A. B. stand for what it is worth,—that is, let it of itself denote simply that a student has passed through, or rather rubbed through, college. But let something—if it be simply a sectional division–mark the meritorious and the studious scholar. I feel assured that by your efforts we shall gain many good scholars to the community,—no unimportant acquest. It has been said that he is a public benefactor who makes one blade of grass grow where it did not grow before. How much greater the benefactor who makes a scholar!

I have now been confined to the house for several days with a severe cold; otherwise, I should have endeavored to be present at the meeting of the Board to witness their deliberations. As a son of the University under your Presidency, I have felt called on, as upon my allegiance, to offer you my cordial congratulations on the plan you have brought forward.

I am, my dear sir, very faithfully yours,

To Longfellow, then at Portland, he wrote, Feb. 19:—

This moment comes to hand a letter from my brother Albert, communicating the intelligence of the death of the wife of our friend My heart bleeds for him. I think of his wife,—simple, cheerful, sweet-voiced, and, more than all, filling his heart. If you write to him, pray assure him of my deep sympathy. I would write myself, but that I have not that length of acquaintance with him which would seem to justify my approaching him in such a terrible calamity. It is on such occasions that the chosen friends of years only, heart-bound and time-bound, assemble and knit themselves about the sufferer. I have received no intelligence for a long time that has grieved me so much.

To Horatio Greenough, Florence, Italy.

Boston, Feb. 28, 1841.
my dear Greenough,—Your most agreeable letter of Oct. 24 arrived while I was on a visit to New York and Philadelphia. Let me congratulate you on the completion of your statue, and the distinction it has given you. From the hour when you admitted me to see it, lighted by lamps and torches, I have not doubted for a moment the result. It will give you fame. Still, I feel that it must pass through a disagreeable or deal,—one which, as it seems

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