"I have had little personal intercourse with him since he left the Institution.... Feeling however a deep interest in his welfare I have frequently inquired after him and been gratified to learn, that the stand taken by him in New York was such as to justify... the hope that he was destined to make a distinguished professional or literary man. In that hope I myself have sympathized and most cordially wish him and your daughter, should their destinies be united, every blessing."
SOURCE: Letter of 3 Jan. 1859, quoted in Albert Bierstadt: Painter of the American West Harrison House, p. 114.
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