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Dear Brother: . . . You are living the life proper for your position and services, everywhere welcome, all you say and do applauded, and secure in a competence and independent in all things. I will deliver your message to Edmunds, but you will not probably find him at Burlington, August 20th. We are to have important questions before us, but I mean to act not as a laborer but as an umpire. I am for peace at home and abroad, and if I cannot do much that is actively good I will try and prevent harm, and if possible will tranquilly glide down the rest of the road of life, enjoying all I can and helping those who deserve help.
- John Sherman