February 16, 1863
The letter you sent to me this morning substitute's assumption of wrong for inquiry and reviling and curses for fair not to say charitable construction. It is due to myself hoping that you are mistaken as well as excited to say to you that there is a wide difference between the expression of an intent, and a promise; and neither is free from the condition of practicability. I had an intention which I may have expressed to you, but it did not extend to the grade of General. Having no purpose to explain that of which you did not choose to inquire, and no expectation that such predisposition to censure and malign would be benefitted by explanation is only remained for me to subscribe myself with true sympathy for your domestic affliction, very respectfully
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