--Should the British Government
be forced to a war with the United States
, there will be a transfer of the blockade from the South
to the ports of the Federal Government
It will be to us an amusing transfer of the troubles and inconveniences of a blockade from ourselves to our enemies.
We have been incommoded not much, however, to their amusement, because they are a nation of traders, and they were inflicting a greater injury by shutting themselves out than by shutting as in. They had lived upon their trade with us, the South
was the fair and fat la ich fed and enriched them; to be shut out from it was a calamity; to shut themselves out a suicide.
While they inflicted this injury upon themselves, they have forced us to go to work and supply ourselves, to our very great advantage.
A blockade of their ports
will be attended with no benefit for themselves and no injury to us. Their discomforts will have no consolation, and our satisfaction at their being shut out from the world will be unalloyed.
If our British friends could only catch the fleet laden with stone that is destined, it is to block up the channel of the harbor of Charleston
, and turning it to New York force it to pitch its granite into the channel of the harbor of that modern Sodom
, it would be the happiest imaginary instance of commending the poisoned chalice to the lips of the poisoner.