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Congratulations on appointment.




letter, McIlvaine, Stanton, Kenyon College


Cincinnati Dec 21, ‘69

My dear Sir,

You will receive from many persons of much more importance than myself, [?] of great satisfaction and pleasure in the appointment you have just accepted; but there are none among your best friends to whom the announcement was a greater pleasure than to me. I have constantly looked out to see if in your weakened health, enchanted by your great labor and care on behalf of the country, there would not be something done suitable to your merits and conservative of your remaining [?] of service to the public good. I am one of those who believe that nothing done in the field was of more signal effect to the great results of our late [?], however much more observed: nothing casting more weight of care, patience of faith, or strain of...nothing that required more combination of strong qualities of merit and character or that exhibited them in more honorable exercise year by year of enormous trial and often under very painful [?] of your spirit and [?], than what will appear whenever the history of your services and self sacrifice during the whole period of our public danger shall be written.

I am very thankful that the Government has done itself the honor of placing you in a position of so much dignity-for life-and one which I hope will not call for labors beyond your physical ability.

I remain, very dear sir,

Letter to Stanton



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