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The Daily Dispatch: May 1, 1863., [Electronic resource], From Northwestern Virginia--movements of Gen. Imboden. (search)
We have no admiration for the character of the cavalier of 1649, any more than for that or his opponent, the Puritan. We turn with disgust from the violent and licentious cavalier, and we abhor the scorb, motor and fanatic Puritan, of whom Oliver Cromwell was the type. Inspecting of Cromwell and his character, Guizot says, "that he possessed the faculty of lying at need, with an and unhesitating hardihood, which struck even his enemies with surprise and embarrassment." This characteristic sCromwell and his character, Guizot says, "that he possessed the faculty of lying at need, with an and unhesitating hardihood, which struck even his enemies with surprise and embarrassment." This characteristic seems to have been transmitted to the descendants of the Pilgrims who settled in Massachusetts Bay, to enjoy the liberty of persecution. If the "caviller" is to carry us back to days carrier than the American Revolution, I prefer to be transported in imagination to the field-of Eunnymeds, where the barous extorted Magna Charts from the unwilling John. But I discard all reference to the caviller of old, because a division of society into two orders, an idea inconsistent with Confederate institu