to-day there is a new set. We will get them all instructed after a while.
[Laughter from Senators.]
Mr. Wigfall resumed — I say Cotton is King, and that cotton waves his sceptre not only over thirty-three States, but over the Island of Great Britain and over Continental Europe.
There is no crowned head, either upon that Island or Continent, that does not bend the knee in fear, and acknowledge allegiance to that power.
Five millions of people in Great Britain live upon cotton.
You Great Britain live upon cotton.
You may make short crops of grain, and they can husband their supply, but exhaust the supply of cotton one week, and all England will starve.
They will not burst open barns, but burn whole towns.
We can direct the trade of two hundred and fifty millions to our own ports instead of Boston, Philadelphia and New York, if we go out of the Union.
Our imports will amount to two hundred and fifty millions, and forty per cent, upon that pours into our treasury one hundred million dollars; twenty per cen