And it must be admitted that the friends of General McClellan
themselves, or some of them, were unwise in the lavish praise they heaped upon him, by which they awakened such wild hopes and impossible expectations.
He was commended not for what he had done, but for what he was about to do; and what he did and said, and still more what he was going to do, was paraded before the public gaze in a way that to no one could be more distasteful than to him, an essentially modest man, who knew better than anybody else the weight of the burden that was upon him. The highest kindness to him at that time would have been to let him alone and say as little about him as possible.
To a manly and truthful nature, nothing is less welcome than undeserved praise.
Undeserved blame is bitter, but undeserved praise is sickening.