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to its present condition — not by a deficiency of talent — but of disinterested public virtue — a quality in which Gen. Taylor had no superior since the days of General Washington. Talent is common enough, and any man who visits Washington will find himself surrounded by smart rascals enough; but he would have to take a lantern to find an honest man. As a General, however, no one questions the debt of gratitude which this country owes to Gen. Taylor. To him the chief glory of the Mexican war is due, for he established the prestige of the American arms, taught volunteers to fight like regulars, and consummated a succession of glorious victories by the immortal battle of Buena Vista, in which, with five thousand militiamen and one or two companies of regulars, he defeated the flower of the Mexican army, twenty thousand strong, under Santa Anna, thus enabling Gen. Scott to make a comparatively easy march from Vera Cruz to the Capital, and reap the fruits of "Rough and Ready's" lab