ords, for the information of English readers, how it is that the confederacy which Europe knew simply as a political entity has succeeded in dividing itself.
The slave States held the doctrine, or say they did, that each State was independent as France or as England, but that for certain purposes they chose a common agent to deal with foreign nations, and to impose taxes for the purpose of paying the expenses of the agency.
We, it appears, talked of American citizens when there were no such bey were a week ago. Mr. Jefferson Davis's Message is praised for its moderation, and for other qualities which were by no means in such favor while the Sumter fever was at its height.
Men look grave, and talk about the interference of England and France, which cannot allow this thing to go on.
But the change which has come over them is unmistakable, and the best men begin to look grave.
As for me, I must prepare to open my lines of retreat — my communications are in danger.