Statistics for occurrence #1 of “Virginians” in chapter 1.1 of Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 30.:
...ary preliminaries, I come to the particular cases of Virginia and Robert E. Lee.
The two are closely interwoven—for Virginia was always Virginia, and the Lees were, first, over and above all, Virginians .
It was the Duke of Wellington who, on a certain memorable occasion, indignantly remarked, in his delightful French-English: Mais avant toutje suis gentilhomme Anglais.
So might have said the Lee...
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