I had a prolonged series of legal travails and writing was an especially distracting activity and a way to demonstrate to my opponents that I had not become immobilized intellectually by the persecution. Writing is a splendid activity if you have a lot of time on your hands. It’s also very inspiriting in morale terms to do something constructive instead of sitting around discussing bits of strategy with lawyers.
Love him or hate him, and he probably counts many in each camp, he is wonderfully erudite. "Inspiriting" is a new word for me.
I shall probably purchase his History of Canada - just as I did his biography of Roosevelt - but not until it appears in paperback (as was the case with the Roosevelt biography).
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"Should any American soldier be so base and infamous as to injure any [prisoner]. . . I do most earnestly enjoin you to bring him to such severe and exemplary punishment as the enormity of the crime may require. Should it extend to death itself, it will not be disproportional to its guilt at such a time and in such a cause... for by such conduct they bring shame, disgrace and ruin to themselves and their country."
-- George Washington, charge to the Northern Expeditionary Force, Sept. 14, 1775
I have not seen or read this quote before and am astounded both by that fact and by the fact that this quote is not being shouted long and loudly across the United States.