[172] than any man since Washington. Contending for principles no less noble, and in a cause as just, he achieved victory on a grander scale; and, possessing many of the traits of the illustrious “Father of his country,” he may well receive, at the hands of a people saved from anarchy and ruin, the highest rewards they can bestow, and be called to preside over a Union dedicated to Liberty, Equality, and Justice.

As by his victories he has proved himself “first in war,” so by his patriotism, ability, fidelity to principle, moderation and firmness in civil life, he may yet be hailed as “first in peace,” and still be, as he now is, “first in the hearts of his countrymen.”

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