Our foreign Commissioners.
We should be very glad to see our foreign Commissioners return from the ungracious work of interceding for foreign intervention in our behalf.
Now that the intentions of those Governments are clearly known, and that we are given definitely to understand that we must depend upon ourselves for deliverance from the most cruel despotism of the world, let us desist from occupying the undignified and unmanly attitude of suppliants for aid which is coldly withheld by those who have neither sympathy with the cause of struggling freedom nor a clear perception of their own interests.
We declare to indulge in no word of reproach for the people of England
Their hearts are with us, and if the matter were left to their decision, we should not be long left to fight alone the battles of constitutional liberty.
But their Governments have chosen a different course, and we should no longer ask their favor.
In bringing home our own representatives, we should also permit the return of such representatives of those Governments as still remain within our own borders.
We ask no favors from the outside world.
If we are true to ourselves we need ask none.
It remains to be seen whether the mastery of the world's commerce, which we hold in the possession of cotton and tobacco, will be exercised in such a manner as to make us masters also of our own destiny.
Congress has done its part in the law authorizing the Confederate Generals
to destroy the staples of our soil whenever they are in danger of falling-into the enemy's hands.--It is to be hoped that the people will not be an inch behind their Government.
We regret to hear, however, that a lively trade in cotton is still carried on from some of our seaports, as many as twenty vessels being engaged in this illicit traffic in a single Southern port.--Perhaps this accounts for the fact that England
have not yet seen the necessary of interposition.
As long as their wants can be supplied without raising the blockade, we can scarcely expect them to involve themselves in a war for that purpose.
The late act of Congress may possibly bring them to their senses, if the vigor with which it is executed comes up to the wisdom of its conception.
We entertain not the slightest doubt on this head.
We are sure that the Confederate
commanders will do their duty, and that they will do it with the utmost promptness, sagacity, and energy.
Our enemy will be more completely foiled by such action than by a hundred defeats, and England
be made to suffer the penalty of their own monstrous short-sightedness and folly.