“The tariff was worse, though more interests upheld it. McCulloch had the singular merit of facing reform with large good-nature and willing sympathy—outside of parties, jobs, bargains, corporations or intrigues—which Adams never was to meet again. Chaos often breeds life, when order breeds habit.
The Civil War had bred life. The army bred courage. Young men of the volunteer type were not always docile under control, but they were handy in a fight. Adams was greatly pleased to be admitted as one of them.”