To J. C. Perkins he wrote, May 27, 1844:—
Your dedication1 cannot fail to give great pleasure to Mr. Choate. It is a beautiful, and I think a well deserved, tribute from a former pupil. It is with hesitation that I venture to touch rudely what is chiselled so carefully. But as a general rule, it seems to me that one cannot be too abstemious of adjectives in an inscription which should be close and lapidary in its character. . . .