The President is no more than a well-meaning baboon. I went to the White House directly after tea, where I found "The Original Gorilla", about as intelligent as ever. What a specimen to be at the head of our affairs now.
Conscious of my own weakness, I can only seek fervently the guidance of the Ruler of the Universe, and, relying on His all-powerful aid, do my best to restore Union and peace to a suffering people, and to establish and guard their liberties and rights.
The Union, which can alone insure internal peace, and external security to each State, Must and Shall be Preserved, cost what it may in time, treasure, and blood.
I will not move my army until I am absolutely ready.
I find myself in a new and strange position here: President, cabinet, Gen. Scott, and all deferring to me. By some strange operation of magic I seem to have become the power of the land.
As far as military necessity will permit, religiously respect the constitutional rights of all.
Here is a paper with which, if I cannot whip Bobbie Lee, I will be willing to go home!
The moment for action has arrived, and I know that I can trust in you to save our country.
By some strange operation of magic I seem to have become the power of the land.
All quiet along the Potomac.
Stand by General Burnside as you have stood by me and all will be well.
It is not given to our weak intellects to understand the steps of Providence as they occur: we comprehend them only as we look back upon them in the far-distant past.
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