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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1850
AUTHOR: Robert Edward Lee (1807–70)
QUOTATION: Still a Union that can only be maintained by swords and bayonets, and in which strife and civil war are to take the place of brotherly love and kindness, has no charm for me.
ATTRIBUTION: ROBERT E. LEE, letter to his son, G. W. Custis Lee, January 23, 1861.—John William Jones, Personal Reminiscences, Anecdotes, and Letters of Gen. Robert E. Lee, p. 137 (1876).