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“ [80] occur, you will earn for yourself that promotion which you are kind enough to say belongs to me. I care nothing for promotion, so long as our armies are successful, and no political appointments are made.” He did not now relish the suggestion of his being ordered to the Potomac, which first came to him at this time. He wrote: “My going could do no possible good. They have there able officers who have been brought up with that army.”

Meanwhile Vicksburg had made him a major-general in the regular army. Lincoln had written him his hearty personal thanks, and the cause of the Union had brightened at home and abroad. The London Times and Saturday Review had lately been quoting the Bible as sanction for slavery; for England dearly loves the Bible; but now many voices in London became sure that slavery was wicked; for England dearly loves success.

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