It would be superfluous in me to point out to your Lordship that this is war.
Dispatch to John Russell at a period of diplomatic tensions between the US and Britain during the US Civil War (5 September 1863); more information on the significance of this statement is available at "The American Question Abroad in the Civil War"
More than all, and above all, Washington was master of himself. If there be one quality more than another in his character which may exercise a useful control over the men of the present hour, it is the total disregard of self when in the most elevated positions for influence and example.Adams, Charles Francis, Sr.
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