"Ali-ben-Ahmed tells me," he said, "that this man sat alone

Potomac, ravage Maryland and Pennsylvania, and possibly capture

Washington. Mutterings of dissatisfaction reached me from many

sources, and loud calls were made for my removal, but I felt

confident that my course would be justified when the true situation

was understood, for I knew that I was complying with my instructions.

Therefore I paid small heed to the adverse criticisms pouring down

from the North almost every day, being fully convinced that the best

course was to bide my time, and wait till I could get the enemy into

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