The necessity of Cotton to England.
Editors Dispatch: Charles Dickens
, in his Household Woras,
"Let any social or physical convulsion visit the United States
, and England
would feel the shock from Land
's End to John O'Groot
's. The lives of nearly two millions of our countrymen are dependent upon the cotton crop of America
; their destiny may be said, without any hyperbole, to hang upon a thread.
Should any dire calamity befall the land of cotton, a thousand of our merchant ships would rapidly in dock; ten thousand mills must stop their busy looms, and two million mouths would starve for lack of food to feed them."
Such is the language of England
's most popular author eight or ten years ago, and it comes to us now with double force, fresh and as full of meaning as it came from his graphic pen. The same argument then, answers now, and although the Federal Government
may lick the dust ‘"and yield for the present,"’ yet there is a power greater than diplomacy that will force England
to raise the blockade — that (with the good feeling already existing in England
for our new government) will compel her to stretch forth her strong arm and roll back the cloud of war. Our papers show too much anxiety on this subject.
Let us wait; England
is bound to have cotton, and she will have it. Let our people follow the example of our President
, and declare our independence of foreign powers.--And should England
arrange this present trouble with the United States
, it will make out little difference in the end; for, with the blessings of God, the strong arms and stout hearts of our people; and the necessity for our great staples, we are bound to triumph.