This old tory journal, which was wont to pitch into everything American with a thoroughness of scorn and a power of invective rarely equalled, seems, upon one of its favorite and most prominent themes of objurgation, to have experienced of late a remarkable change.
We allude to its late remarkable article upon Southern affairs, which, but for its extreme laugth, we should long ago have transferred to our columns.
In this article Blackwood
presents facts connected with the military enthusiasm of the South
the unanimity of the Southern
people in defence of their soil, and
collective and slainst eulogistic account of the practical oerations of our domestic institutions, which we never expected to see in that once prejudiced, though always powerful and influential periodical.
When such a favorite organ of British thought and literature occupies such a position as that of Blackwood
at this time upon the American
controversy, it is a most significant illustration of a wonderful change in the public sentiment of Great Britain
It is equally remarkable, and ought to be in the highest degree encouraging, that, with few and insignificant exceptions, the whole public press of England
, which is in that kingdom really and truly a mirror of public sentiment, from Blackwood,
in the literary and the Times,
in the political world, down to the humble organs of the laboring and manufacturing classes, exhibit the most decided antagonism to the Northern
cause, whilst the London Punch
, which never fails to embody the popular sympathies of all classes in Great Britain
, is keeping the whole kingdom in a roar with its ludicious pictures of Yankeedoodledum.