To Dr. Lieber, then in New York, he wrote, Sept. 5, 1842:—
I cannot approve of Adams's course on the tariff, and against John Tyler.2 I think he has been governed by the lower part of his nature. His report was clever and striking in its composition and argument, but violent, uncandid, and wrong-headed. Is not this a good deal for me to say, where Adams is in question? So peace smiles upon us! Lord Ashburton has left with all manner of gratulations on his head. The correspondence, so far as I have seen it, is delightful: it is better, for my palate, than the choicest wine. Nobody ever wrote despatches like Webster. This is owing to his large head! I can see that large head, like an immense battering-ram, behind every sentence he writes.