Neither selfish, Cold, nor cruel.
Such a man can never be understood while strife lasts; and little did they understand him who thought him selfish, cold, or cruel.
When he came to Richmond
as your President
, your generous people gave him a home, and he declined it. After the war, when dependent on his labor for the bread of his family, kind friends tendered him a purse—gracefully refusing, ‘Send it,’ he said, ‘to the poor and suffering soldiers and their families.’
His heart was full of melting charity, and in the Confederate
days the complaint was that his many pardons relaxed discipline, and that he would not let the sentences of military courts be executed.
Not a human being ever believed for an instant the base imputation that he appropriated Confederate gold.
He distributed the last to the soldiers, and ‘the
fact is,’ he wrote to a friend, ‘that I staked all my property and reputation on the defense of States' rights and constitutional liberty as I understand them.
The first I spent in the cause, except what was saved and appropriated or destroyed by the enemy; the last has been persistently assailed by all which falsehood could invent and malignity employ.’