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soon as the enemy is rendered harmless, he is to be treated with kindness, and to be taken care of equally with the wounded friend.
All conduct to the contrary is regarded by civilized nations with disapprobation.
That war does not properly beget personal malignity, but that, on the contrary, the effects of mutual kindness and courtesy on the battle-field, frequently have a beneficial influence in the political events of after years, may be shown by innumerable examples in all history.
Soult and Wellington were opposing generals in numerous battles; but when the former visited England in 1838, he was received by Wellington and the whole British nation with — the highest marks of respect; and the mutual warmth of feeling between these two distinguished men has contributed much to the continuance of friendly relations between the two nations.
And a few years ago, when we seemed brought, by our civil authorities, almost to the brink of war by the northeastern boundary difficulties