But men love to differentiate; and of drawing of distinctions there is no end. The cases were dissimilar, it will be argued; at the time Virginia renounced its allegiance Washington did not hold the king's commission, indeed he never held it. As a soldier he was a provincial always—he bore a Virginian commission.
True! Let the distinction be conceded; then assume that the darling wish of his younger heart had been granted to him, and that he had received the king's commission, and held it in 1775—what course would he then have pursed?
What course would you wish him to have pursued?
Do you not wish—do you not know—that, circumstanced as then he would have been, he would have done exactly as Robert E. Lee did eighty-six years later.
He would first have resigned his commission; and then arrayed himself on the side of Virginia.
Would you have had him do otherwise?
And so it goes in this world.
In such cases the usual form of speech is: Oh!
that is different!
Another case altogeth