Andrew Johnson, Paul Bergeron (ed), The Papers of Andrew Johnson: Volume 10, February-July 1866 (Knoxville, TN: University of Tennessee Press, 1992), 131.
John Osborne, Dickinson College
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Washington Feb. 20, 1866
Your message has made millions of good hearts glad and grateful for it has saved the nation. You ought to be - I hope you will be - sustained by every man who loves Peace and Union. The high ground you take will insure you aneasy and complete defense against all opposers; and you will realise the great truth that "Peace hath her victories more renowned than those of War."
I do not write this because I think that my individual opinion is of any account but because I know that I share what will be the universal sentiment as soon as the passions of the hour shall cool. In the meantime "let the heathen rage;" there is no danger that "the people will imagine a vain thing."