Doc. 110. Southern foreign policy.
Opinion of the Charleston Mercury, October 26, 1861.
No one will dispute the gravity of the questions which attach to our foreign relations.
But these questions have been, so far, and very naturally, subordinated to the great question of our very existence, which the fierce threats and enormous preparation of the Government at Washington might well put in doubt.
But, although the threats are as loud as ever, the great army which was to have put them in execution has broken its ranks forever — no trumpet will call them to battle again; and, however new forces may be mustered and new generals commissioned, the decree of Manassas cannot be reserved.
There may yet be much bloodshed and much suffering, but our independence is assured.
It is time, thereore, even in the press and hurry of the war, to consider what our relations with the world are to be.
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