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 -   When he saw that every foot of the
neighboring soil was desecrated by a camp, or torn into loathsome
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When He Saw That Every Foot Of The Neighboring Soil Was Desecrated By A Camp, Or Torn Into Loathsome Furrows

Of mud by cannon and army wagons - that agriculture was gone, and that every effort both of North and South

Was concentrated on the art of killing; when he saw that this was done on the very spot chosen by himself for the center temple of an everlasting union, what would he then say as to that boast made on his behalf by his countrymen, that he was first in war and first in peace? Washington was a great man, and I believe a good man. I, at any rate, will not belittle him. I think that he had the firmness and audacity necessary for a revolutionary leader, that he had honesty to preserve him from the temptations of ambition and ostentation, and that he had the good sense to be guided in civil matters by men who had studied the laws of social life and the theories of free government. He was justus et tenax propositi; and in periods that might well have dismayed a smaller man, he feared neither the throne to which he opposed himself nor the changing voices of the fellow- citizens for whose welfare he had fought. But sixty or seventy years will not suffice to give to a man the fame of having been first among all men. Washington did much, and I for one do not believe that his work will perish. But I have always found it difficult - I may say impossible - to sound his praises in his own land.

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