Foreign representatives in this country.
The time has past when this Government, with proper respect to itself, can longer permit the residence in the South
by sufferance of Lincoln
of the representatives of foreign Governments.
Whatever the feelings of respect and esteem which may be entertained for those gentlemen personally, and whatever our consideration for their Governments, it is time now that their anomalous position in this Confederacy should cease.
Their Governments have chosen to withhold from our country the recognition of independence which they have repeatedly accorded to States much inferior in power and dignity, including even the little State of Texas
, when she was almost overrun by Mexican
armies, and yet, when a country, of which Texas
is only one out of many States, and which is far more capable of achieving her independence, applies for recognition, it is coldly refused.
The people of the South
should insist that the foreign consuls, who reside here because they are consuls in the United States,
should cease to exercise their functions in the Confederate States
, and in States which we consider independent, if their Governments do not. We have been humiliated enough already, in supplicating the co-operation of foreign nations.
Let us now prove that we look to them no longer in any way or shape, and that we have returned to our reason and self-respect.