To Dr. Lieber
he wrote, Oct. 10, 1843:—
I have read nearly all of Prescott's book.
It is a beautiful work, full of vivid, brilliant pictures, glowing as tropical scenes; the parts which concern the antiquities and early civilization are very learned, careful, elaborate, and clear.
Prescott has a deal of sound sense and clearness of vision.
If he does not rise into the highest ether, he discerns distinctly from an easy natural point of sight.
I predict for this book very great success.
It has all the interest of the old chronicler Diaz, with the refinement and scholarship of our own day. I can hardly call to mind a book which I have read with equal interest.
I have been entraine; from page to page and volume to volume, disregarding the stern calls of business and the softer impeachments of society.
It will be a new crown for Prescott and for the literature of our country.