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The Daily Dispatch: August 21, 1862., [Electronic resource], A compromise with the South Advocated. (search)
d and determined people numbering twelve, of, as is the fashion to compute it, eight millions, can be crushed on their own soil. It was by Irish aid that Ireland was subjugated to England. Belgium stands there with her five millions, more populous and more independent than ever before — though she has been the theatre of the most famous battles of Europe century after century. Switzerland, with less than three millions of people, has successfully defied the legionary hosts of Austria, of Lorraine, of Burgundy, and of France. Portugal, with less than four millions, has always succeeded in resisting the attempts of Spain, in the proudest days of the letter, to absorb her, by her preponderating power. It seems to be one of the axioms of Bonaparte, which time sanctions as profoundly true, that, "A people, to be free of another, has but to will it!" If the United States are to prove this an unsound axiom, it must be by a far different display of power from anything yet exhibited. Volu