A powerful Production.
The New York Journal of Commerce
has published an elaborate and powerful review of Prof. Hodge
's notorious article on ‘"The State of the Country,"’ in the Princeton Review,
which, the Journal
observes, has caused as much pain to conservative men, in and out of the Presbyterian Church, as it has afforded aid and comfort to ultraists.
‘"Several reviews of his article, "’ adds the Journal,
"more or less deserving, have already appeared; but for thoroughness and power, none of them that we have seen will compare with that of which we commence the publication to-day, from the pen of Prof.
A. T. Bledsoe
, of the University, of Virginia.
This remark is, of course, based upon that portion of his review which we now publish, and which is confined to the single topic of the Missouri Compromise
On this head Prof. Bledsoe
maintains the positions which we have uniformly held on the subject, and which, we do not hesitate to say, are entirely impregnable.
He, however, probes the subject more deeply, and presents it more forcibly, than we have ever done.
Whoever wishes to understand the history and teachings of the Missouri Compromise
, should read this document carefully. --It is an admirable digest, logically and effectively applied.
It shows that if the Missouri Compromise
was a 'sacred compact,' (as many have maintained of late, for political effect,) the North
, and not the South
, were the first to violate it. It also shows that the honor of the South
is untarnished by anything she has done, or omitted, in regard to that Compromise; and that its 'abrogation' is not the cause of our present troubles, as represented by Prof. Hodge
‘"But we will not anticipate.
Read the article itself.
Whoever begins, will finish it.--Other numbers are to follow — whether one, two, or three, we do not know; but, crowded as we are for room, whatever space may be required for them is at the Professor
's service, with our thanks besides."’
This is a just tribute to the great thinker of our University, Prof. Bledsoe
, a man who has more brains than any dozen of the most famous political hacks now on the public track, and from whose armory many a rhetorical parlor knight has furnished himself with the weapons for a gay show in a wordy tournament.
We come across Bledsoe
's thunder every now and then in a great many popular addresses, but they never have their full effect except when hurled from his own heavy hand.
How absurd is it when such men as Bledsoe
, Thornwall, and others, are among the principal champions of the Southern
cause, to ascribe the Southern
movement to political intriguers.
The South has nothing to offer to political intriguers; Washington
has, and where the carcass is, there will the eagles be gathered together.