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[155] This may surprise you, for I may be, and I trust I am, doing you an injustice by unfounded suspicion; but, if I am in error, it had better be on the side of this country's safety than in fear of offending a friend.

I have heard that Dr. D——, at General Sherman's, a few days ago, induced you, notwithstanding your pledge to me, to take a glass of wine, and to-day, when I found a box of wine in front of your tent, and proposed to move it, which I did, I was told you had forbid its being taken away, for you intended to keep it until you entered Vicksburg, that you might have it for your friends, and tonight, when you should, because of the condition of your health, if nothing else, have been in bed, I find you where the wine-bottle has just been emptied, in company with those who drink, and urge you to do likewise, and the lack of your usual promptness and decision and clearness in expressing yourself in writing, conduces to confirm my suspicion.

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