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The blockade.

The Lincoln Government will not be permitted to say what articles shall and what shall not be exempted from the operation of the blockade which it has established. They have discovered, it seems, that the blockade is injuring themselves more than us, and are endeavoring to lighten the burthens of the war to the Western farmers, by permitting them to bring their productions, which they cannot sell and which bid fair to rot on their hands into competition with those of our own agriculturists. They are cunningly seeking to draw the money from the South to enable them to carry on the war against her. We take it for granted that the Southern Government and people will at once put a veto on that proceeding. We have furnished the North already, in times that have gone by, the means which they are now using for our subjugation, and it can scarcely be expected that in an actual state of war, we shall permit them to levy the ways and means for our extermination from our own pockets. Experience has fully proved that we have nothing to fear from the enemy in open battle; but when he wields the arts of trade, traffic and diplomacy, then look out.

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