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He left his record.

He is conspicuous among the great men of all ages in declining to defend himself against the assaults of fanaticism and time-serving politicans, preferring to rest his fame upon the record of his life rather than defend his good name by the denial of base charges, alleged by base enemies. When called upon by loving friends to refute charges of treason preferred against him in the Republican Congress of 1865-‘66-‘67, he answered: ‘If the facts of my life as they are known to the world do not refute assaults upon my character no word of defence from me can avail.’

No man has ever lived in ancient or modern history who so squared the conduct of his life by the laws of eternal justice and who left so little for the most carping critic to utter against him.

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