JULY 22, 1865: Maury's family and many of his friends opposed his colonization plan for Mexico. Although his family did not want him to return to Virginia to be "hanged or manacled," they also opposed his staying in Mexico because of the instability of Maximilian's rule.
Overseas friends offered stronger, and perhaps seeing clearer from the distance, truer advice. One wrote: "The people of Virginia have shown themselves to be as brave as any people have ever been; but courage is coupled, in patriotism, with perseverance in suffering until better times come for Virginia. All who love her for what she has done ought to love her enough to suffer with her and take the risk."
More to Come. --Old B-R'er