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Excerpt from The Political Crisis of 1861: A Reply to Mr. Blaine
Mr. Blaine does no more than justice to the purity, he does less than justice to the strength, of Mr. Buchanan's character. Stripped of all rhetorical forms of expression, and plainly stated, his estimate of Mr. Buchanan is, that he was a conscientious but timid man, who was habitually inﬂuenced by the stronger minds of those with whom he came in con tact. It is true that this estimate differs from that which was for a long time the popular impres sion of Mr. Buchanan's character, only in that it gives him credit for integrity of purpose; yet a careful study of the actual condition of public affairs in 1860 and 1861, and a dispassionate view of the difficulties which beset Mr. Buchanan's administration in its clos ing days, ought to convince any one that Mr. Bu chanan is entitled to a higher measure of considera tion than that which Mr. Blaine has accorded to him.
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