till dream of reconstructing the Union by "conciliating the South," and extending the hand of friendship to these "erring brethren," could have been with me in Richmond in January last to witness the receipt of this news from the Trent.
The man who in the face of what I then heard and saw, could hope for a renewal of old fraternal relations, on the old basis of compromise between the South and the North, might be safely intrusted.
I think, with the task of inducing the Fope to crown Victor Emanuel King of Italy, in the capitol at Rome.-- And yet, when this news came to Richmond, the Southern people were firmly convinced that the war was near its end. The Northern advance had not yet begun, and few men believed that it ever would begin in any formidable shape, Zellicorfer, it is true, had been defeated; but in an advance made by Southern troops upon a National position.
Hilton Head had been occupied, but with no discernable result beyond the desolation of a few Carolina plantations