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[426] of the thoughtful; and I was unwilling, moreover, to suppress what is so honorable to your-self in this characteristic plea for “Unity, peace, and Concord.” The manly devotion to the Union which you have always manifested, both in the field and in executive office, entitles you to deferential hearing; and no intelligent reader will fail to acknowledge your special claim to confidence and affection, when he shall recall the distinguished services which your name will suggest, through your intimate connection, in early manhood, with the celebrated chief who proclaimed, in the evil days of his own energetic administration, that that “Union must and shall be preserved.”

Your letter is in the hands of a careful printer, who will do justice to this noble, affectionate, and touchingly patriotic appeal to the people of the North, for recognition and enforcement of Constitutional obligations, and the preservation of what is left of our once glorious Union.

I thank you for the association of my name with an appeal so able, so full of manly thought and earnest eloquence. The letter is a fresh laurel added to those which you earned in other years — for “peace hath her victories no less than war” --and which you have so long and so gracefully worn. They will not wither in “time's ungentle tide.”

With great respect and regard,

Your faithful friend,

General call.

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