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cannot do without our cotton, for then she would virtually be in our power. France is unwilling to interfere, for fear of the treachery of the latter. She always remembers her as la perfide Albion. But if France concludes to take Mexico, she will require the alliance of the Southern Confederacy to protect her from Northern aggression. Nations as well — as individuals always consult their own interests in any alliance they may form. Hence, our best reliance must be in our stout hearts and strong arms. I have been very unwell for several months, but could not rest until now. I hope shortly to return to duty, with renewed health and vigor. I know not yet to what point I shall be ordered. I hope to do something shortly by taking the offensive with a wellorganized army. However, l'homme propose et Dieu dispose; hence, I shall go with alacrity wherever I am ordered. With kind regards, etc., I remain yours, sincerely, G. T. Beauregard. Gen. Wm. E. Martin, Pocotaligo, S. C.