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the independence of the Southern Confederacy? We say without delay. That sooner or later it will have to be recognized is inevitable. The question is, whether it should not be done at once? We are left to our free choice in the matter. Wheaton, Cooke, Vattel and all international jurists, have clearly laid this down. Wheaton affirms that, in the case of the revolt of a province, of an empire or State, the first thing for foreign States to do is to allow belligerent rights to both parWheaton affirms that, in the case of the revolt of a province, of an empire or State, the first thing for foreign States to do is to allow belligerent rights to both parties in the conflict. In the next place, a foreign Government may, if it pleases, recognize the independence of the revolted people, or enter into treaties of commerce or amicable relations with it. The mere recognition cannot justly be regarded by the other belligerent party as an occasion of war. The period of recognition is left to the option of the foreign States. But repeated precedents — such cases as the revolt of the Belgians, the South Americans, the Greeks, the Swiss Cantons,--have