Friday, August 28, 1863

Camp Near the Big Black River, Near Vicksburg

Though full of corruption & base materials, our country is a majestic one, full of natural wealth and good people. They have risen, not in full majority, but in enough to give all hopes of vitality. Our progress has been as rapid as any philosopher could ask. The resources of the Land in money, in men, in provisions, in forage and in intelligence has surprised us all, and we have had as much success as could be hoped for.

There are features of stability in the English Government we should study, when the Industrial classes & Property have just so much influence in Government as to be felt after years of conviction, but an execution that rarely meddles with the Congress.

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