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[113] their shocks to the heart of Secession; and at the heart sat Grant, holding Lee tight in Richmond. It is recorded of his ceaseless work at this period, that on one day he wrote forty-two important despatches.

This winter was a time of thought for the weary, disenchanted Southern people and a time of desperation on the part of their political misleaders. In early February some of these had, in good faith, visited Grant to talk of peace, which talk he had tactfully evaded, while showing them all hospitality at his headquarters. With tact still greater he had persuaded Lincoln to come and see them himself instead of sending Seward as an emissary. But this ended in nothing, save that Grant's character and kindness won the high admiration of the Confederate vice-president, Stephens, who wrote: “He is one of the most remarkable men I ever met. He does not seem to be aware of ”

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