North, in enormous preparations and fruitless undertakings, until the conjoint pressure of Conscription and Taxation, the impossibility of further borrowing, and the heart-sickness of hope deferred, should impel a majority to acquiesce in any adjustment or compromise that would restore Peace to the country.
Such seems the only plausible explanation of his timid and dawdling military policy, his habitual doubling or trebling of the Rebel
force confronting him, and of the signal incoherence and inconsequence, especially with regard to Slavery and negroes, of the lecture which, directly after his retreat from the Chickahominy
to the James
had been consummated, lie found time to indite-or at least to transcribe and dispatch — to his perplexed and sorely tried superior.
It is as follows: