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It seems incredible, yet it is a fact, that Monroe sent a rejoinder to this letter; in which, amid bombastic and turgid babble about flagrant violation of those courtesies which prevail between belligerents, and shells tearing up the graves of those who are so dear to them, he whimpered out: “Our women and children cannot escape, from your shells, if it be your pleasure to murder them on a question of mere etiquette.” Even Pollard barely represses his disgust at the silly repetitions and vanity of literary style protruded by tins Bobadil of a Mayor.
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