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Heros von Borcke, Memoirs of the Confederate War for Independence, Chapter 19: (search)
r country, I am going to fool this stupid old nigger, and play a trick off on him, which I think quite pardonable under the circumstances. Having by repeated loud knocks induced the inhospitable negro to reopen the door, he addressed him thus: Mr Madden (this was the man's name), you don't know what a good friend of yours I am, or what you are doing when you are about to treat us in this way. That gentleman there (pointing to me) is the great General Lee himself; the other one is the French amthem as they had not had for a long time, while we dried our garments before the blazing wood-fire, our present sense of comfort being enhanced by anticipations of the future raised by the savoury odours which reached us from the kitchen, where Mr Madden was superintending in person the preparation of a repast suited to the distinguished rank of his guests. Pelham was delighted at the success of his diplomatic ruse, and went on hoaxing the old negro in the same strain, till nothing could persu