Public sympathy in the West Indies.
--The following note from Mr. A. J. Gonzalea
appears in the Charleston Mercury:
The Northern press, in order to disengage, if possible, the Lincoln Government
from the fearful position in which it has placed itself towards the South
and several European
powers, is making desperate efforts, first, to enlist in its behalf the prejudices of France
as against England
; and second, threatens Spain
with the loss of Cuba
Now, sir, the enemies of our peace and of our domestic institutions — the Abolition host — are utterly deceived, if they ever expect any respectable portion of the Cuban people to side with them in the iniquitous war they are waging against our homes and our rights as freemen.
Far from doing so, the people of the West Indies
would hall with pleasure the re-establishment of Southern institutions in all those islands which, previous to the birth of Abolitionism, were ruled by European