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1 Upon these facts Governor Anderson specified the following justifications of that high estimate of General Lee's rare virtue, which might seem at first thought to be a mere extravagance in personal or partisan admiration: First. Neither the overwhelming military arguments of the greatest American General against the success of secession; nor, second, the insolent conduct of superviceable and almost self-appointed officials, so common in revolutionary times; nor, third, the temptation of the highest military office in the world, with highest and assured pay, could, either or all, prevent him from determining in Texas, and of doing in Washington, what he felt it his duty to decide and do! Accordingly, the Governor said, Greek, Roman, English, and possibly here and there American patriots and heroes, may have actually been as pure and exalted in principles as Robert E. Lee; but it is very certain that no one of them all was so rarely fortunate as to show such clear proofs of his temptations and of his steadfast virtue in them.[Don't you remember General Echols's story of Lee's first official act and his opinion of the dangers and uncertainties of that cause which he had just then espoused? Remember, too, that the Confederate high places were all notoriously filled or engaged (Sidney Johnston for first command, &c). Remember, also, Lee's ‘Virginia soil conditions’ of acceptance! His is a wondrous record of consistent purity!—Gov. Anderson.]
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