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“ [162] supported the government during the great rebellion) will quietly submit to, to see the very men, of all others, whom they have expressed confidence in, removed;” and again, he reminded him, “This is a republic, where the will of the people is the law of the land. I beg that their voice may be heard.” Thus, by his acts and by his language, he has put himself upon record, and established his reputation as a true democrat, and a thorough republican, whom the people can safely trust.

Such traits of character, possessed in a remarkable degree by General Grant, admirably qualify him, not only for the high position, and the important command and trusts to which he has been called, but for the still higher functions for which the loyal people have every — where designated him. But besides these, he possesses other traits becoming that high position, if not so important to it, which commend themselves to the admiration of the people, and to their love.

He has always manifested a noble generosity to his subordinates,--a generosity which has won their firmest friendship, and the genuine respect of his soldiers. No one more heartily rejoiced in the successes of his brother officers than he; no one more warmly commended them for their gallantry and good service; no one more earnestly supported them in the hour of danger and trial. No petty jealousy ever disturbed his relations with any officer in the army; and if there were some whose capacity he doubted, or whose conduct he censured, it was never because of any mean prejudice, ungenerous rivalry, or ,narrow ill will. Never acting from impulse, his judgment of others was always founded on reason, while a kindly nature has

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