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We are victors, the cause of all this evil and suffering is removed forever, and we can well afford to be magnanimous. How better can we evince our gratitude to God for His great mercy than in doing good to those who hated us, and in having compassion on those who have despitefully used us? The hour is hastening for us all when our sole ground of dependence will be the mercy and forgiveness of God. Let us endeavor so to feel and act in our relations to the people of the South that we can repeat in sincerity the prayer of our Lord: ‘Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us,’ reverently acknowledging that He has indeed ‘led captivity captive and received gifts for men; yea, for the rebellious also, that the Lord God might dwell among them.’

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