The foreign news.
The signs of resistiveness in the councils of the two greatest powers in the world, with reference to the disturbed condition of affairs on this, continent, increase.
Their commerce and manufacturing industry are most seriously affected, and their national revenues must suffer diminution.
The distress amongst the people is intense and extensive.
The Governments are surely pressed by the emergency in, which they find themselves and the interests they have to protect and foster.
But with all this we need not, we cannot, safely rely upon any measure, advantageous to us in their joint councils until we strike a more decided blow than we have yet given.
The assumption of positive neutrality for so many months deprives them of a pretext to interfere until something more is done — until a new phase is presented by the situation of the contest.
is artful enough to keep his foreign relations in a well guarded condition.
He will apologize to the great powers for every outrage of subalterns rather than fight until he has succeeded in subjugating the South
, which he is sufficiently deluded to believe he can do. His present scheme is to flatter the European Governments
that the proclamation of the re-opening of trade in the ports his forces possess will afford to them the raw material they so much need to give their people occupation.
It is true, they are to be undeceived both by the destruction of cotton in the South
and the failure to plant a crop this year.
But when they are undeceived in this respect Seward
will be again ready with another trick in political legerdemain for their diversion.
They have lost the pretext for breaking up the block ade of our ports — they have almost deprived themselves of all reason to interpose on any ground.
Yet their situation is so pressing, and the grand political motive which makes them desire the perpetual dismemberment of the old Union so overshadowing, that if they can find a pretext they will in good time avail themselves of it, and offer their mediation at least.
The best occasion for this would be one or two grand victories to the Southern
arms in pitched battles.
We are not of opinion that it is especially desirable that France
should intervene for the establishment of peaces in this country.
In the first place, we apprehend they will not propose mediation until we prove our own ability to achieve our independence.
In the second, it is probable that they will be inclined to acknowledge the claims of the enemy to all the territory occupied by his forces, to which we can never submit.
We can never agree to any mode of settlement of the status of Southern territory occupied by Lincoln
's troops, which deprives the occupants of that territory of the right, without menace or threat, and without the presence of soldiers, to say to which Government they desire to be attached and owe allegiance.
While of course the sentiment and policy of two such kingdoms as England
with reference to our struggle are deeply interesting to us, they have shown thus far such a stadious neutrality where they were called upon by the law of nations as construed by themselves to interpose — shewing a neutrality which operated indeed to the great advantage of our powerful enemy in giving him the free right to purchase and transport all the appliances of war, while we, without his means, machinery, and artisans, were almost entirely cut off from that privilege — cut off, too, when had we been able to supply ourselves fully we could have ended this war are this — that we are much more indifferent as to what they may do than we have been.
We have long ago come to the conclusion that we would never be the object of their friendly measures until they saw we were not particularly in need of them.
The Emperor Napoleon might have been disposed to extend his good offices towards us, but this he could never do without the co-operation of England
, and thus he is made to pursce the same frigid policy adhered to by that Government.
After all, whatever the speculations we may enter into on this subject, we cannot avoid the conclusion that upon ourselves everything depends.
We must free ourselves from an hated dominion of New England
Puritanism and Northern oppression.
When we have done that, we shall have plenty of friends, and we shall make just what terms we please with them.