Training College, which Arnold
was inspecting, had it as a subject to write an imaginary letter from an English emigrant in America
in regard to matters here, “and there is really not one per cent.,” Arnold
writes, “who does not take the strongest possible side for the Confederates
; and you know from what class these students were drawn.”
They were drawn, we may assume, from the lower middle class.
This corresponds to all the experience of those who visited England
during or soon after the Civil War
, to the overwhelming antagonism there existing against the Union
cause at a time when we were, in General Sherman
's phrase, “expending one thousand million dollars and one hundred thousand lives” to put down the slavery which England
had always condemned us for tolerating.
Moreover, fortunately or unfortunately, the sympathy of England
for secession when manifested came in a form so inadequate and inconsistent that it offended even those whom it meant to befriend, and there is no especial sympathy visible in our Southern States in that direction.
Add to this the long series of insults so