The spreading arms of a Christian cross require a much greater breadth than the oblong temples of the Pagans; and the boldest artists of antiquity would have been startled at the proposal of raising in the air a dome of the size and proportions of the Pantheon.
The summer campaign was carried on by the Allies in other quarters with more or less success. Ignorantia facti excusat—Ignorance of the fact excuses. But boldly to confess the truth (for since one has passed the barriers of impudence, there is no bridle), his way of writing appears to me negligent and uninviting: for his prefaces, definitions, divisions, and etymologies take up the greatest part of his work: whatever there is of life and marrow is smothered and lost in the long preparation. On the 25th of October he got a second curious official letter from the Foreign Office about not giving his Vice-Consul sufficient money. And that this is so, we see that princes divert themselves sometimes in disguising their quality, awhile to depose themselves, and to stoop to the poor and ordinary way of living of the meanest of their people.
Lee now had his entire army south of the North Anna. The fairest lives, in my opinion, are those which regularly accommodate themselves to the common and human model without miracle, without extravagance. Besides, he had no time to ask himself whether these people were sincere or not.