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French Minister's visit have not definitely transpired; but it is said that outside of his official communications, he has expressed great interest to ascertain what commercial treaties the Confederate Government was disposed to make with France." ’ Now, we know not what treaties the Government may be disposed to make; but we do know what the people would applaud to the very echo — namely. A treaty securing to France for a given number of years an equal right to our enormous carrying trade with our own vessels, provided she will raise this blockade, and give us the same access to her arsenals and foundries that our enemies enjoy. We want arms and we want ammunition. Had we possessed a sufficient supply of these two indispensable requisites to the successful prosecution of modern warfare, in the beginning of the war, we should have put an end to it long ago. Let France raise the blockade, and we will soon do it now, and in order to effect that desirable object, nothing more is necessary than a simple declaration on the part of France that she will no longer respect it. It is, after all, the merest of shams in the world. It is nothing more or less than a paper blockade, such as England imposed against France by her famous Orders in Council. Already five hundred vessels have successfully eluded it, and thereby established the fact that is no blockade under any interpretation of the Treaty of Paris. France has an opportunity now, which will never be offered her again. She may secure our coasting trade — if our Government should not unwisely prevent it — for we have no ships worth speaking of.
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