We long ago pointed out in this journal that Spain
were the ‘"natural allies"’of the South
, and that our policy should be so directed as to secure and consolidate that alliance.
We are not surprised to see it recently suggested by a Spanish writer that if Commissioners had been sent to Spain
she would, without difficulty, have recognized our independence.
If the South
has had one unmistakable friend and sympathizer from the very beginning of her troubles, it has been Spain
. We think it was due to that generous and chivalrous people, as well as to ourselves, to have sent representatives to the Spanish Court, and thereby to have laid broad and district the foundation of close and permanent amity with that empire.
It is not, perhaps, now too late to rectify an omission which was certainly not dictated by any want of courtesy to Spain
, any more than to any other of the powerful empires to which we have not sent representatives.
No Government of Europe
has made more rapid improvement than Spain
of late years.
In the development of internal resources, in commerce and manufactures, in her colonial wealth, in her army and navy, there has been a steady and vigorous increase.
There seems good reason to believe that, under enlightened counsels, Spain
will arrive again at her old pitch of greatness, and become one of the most powerful empires of Europe
.--She is one of the few nations in which the spirit of chivalry has not died out with the increase of material gain.
Even the unrivalled satire of Cervantes
could not kill out chivalry in Spain
We could wish that, in some form or other, she might learn that her generous sympathy is gratefully appreciated by the Southern
people, that we recognized her not only as a nation of similar institutions, but of similar character, and that our feelings, as well as our interests, would be gratified by an early and close alliance with Spain
whom we will always remember as the first friend of the Southern Confederacy.