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"Lee has got one eye on him, (Butler,) and, I am afraid, is smart enough to foil all Grant's plans. Would to God he was on the Union side, for every one acknowledges him to be the greatest and most successful General in the country." [Yankee letter found at Fort Drowry.] "Lord what have I done that my enemies praise me?" was the exclamation of the inspired pensman, under circumstances, it is to be presumed, somewhat similar to that in which Gen. Lee is placed. How the great Virginian will receive this tribute we are not prepared to say positively. But we think we can guess. Yankee slander may be endured--Yankee lies hurt nobody--Yankee vituperation is quite equivalent to the general applause of the rest of mankind. But Yankee praise is altogether intolerable. The victim of it may well proceed at once to a rigorous self-examination; for he may feel assured that though he be innocent of any dishonorable action, the Yankee believes him either guilty or capable of it. Gen. Lee should protest against commendation from such a quarter. He has done nothing to deserve it.
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