To Lieber, then in New York, he wrote, Aug. 31, 1841:—
I am glad that the book on “Property” promises so well. I send herewith a discourse of Edward Everett, wherein he discussed some of your topics, particularly the inequality of property in the world. It is less rhetorical and more grave than his productions in general. . . . Young Dana1 has just taken a wife, so I cannot hope to see him immediately to communicate to him your flattering notice of his book. You met him at my office. You remember I told you he was a remarkable person. William Story is at work on your “Laura;” 2 he manipulates your style every day, sitting in the remote corner of Hillard's room. While writing this, your letter, with that soulful epistle of your wife, has come to hand. What a luxury to have so much love to lean upon, to encourage you, to animate you, to make you happy! I would give an Indian argosy for such a treasure.