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MY DEAR SIR, . . . You will have seen by the papers, that the City of Mexico is in possession of our army, and that the prospect of conquering peace is as remote as ever, as I suggested it might be in that case. Thus far, not an anticipation of the administration has been realized; and yet, if we may judge from indications, they are resolved to go thoughtlessly forward, when it is clear, whether defeated or successful, the result will be unfortunate to the country. If we should succeed in conquering the whole what shall we do with it, or what can [we] do with it without ruin to our institutions? If we fail where shall we be? ...
- John C. Calhoun
- Annual Report of the American Historical Association for the Year 1899, Calhoun Correspondence.