Conduct of War
“Gentlemen, suppose all the property you were worth was in gold, and you had put it in the hands of Blondin to carry across the Niagara river on a rope; would you shake the cable, or keep shouting out to him, ‘Blondin, stand up a little straighter! — Blondin, stoop a little more — go a little faster — lean a little more to the north — lean a little more to the south?’ No! You would hold your breath as well as your tongue, and keep your hands off until he was safe over. The Government is carrying an immense weight. Untold treasures are in their hands. They are doing the very best they can. Don’t badger them. Keep silence, and we’ll get you safe across.”
Francis Fisher Browne, Everyday Life of Abraham Lincoln, p. 485.