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English opinion.

--"Public opinion here has undergone a remarkable change with regard to American affairs. At first it sided with the North, supposing that the latter represented abolition principles, and it became quite enthusiastic when the free States flew to arms to protect the capital and the border States. But when it appeared that the North would gladly make any terms with the South, and was quite ready to give up the slavery question altogether, when the mad expenditure of the North became known, when they turned the aggressors, when they show how barbarous was their mode of warfare, public opinion gradually veered round, and the seizure of Mason and Slidell confirmed the change. It certainly appears as if liberty is in great danger in the North.

‘"I am very sorry you look so confidently to England breaking the blockade. Assuredly, it will not be allowed to last indefinitely, but we shall not interfere yet. The public think that would be identifying ourselves with slavery, and would oust any Government that would attempt it at present. Besides, we think that the resources of the North are beginning to fail, and that for the sake of a durable peace, it is better the game should be played out to the last without interruption. And we know that our interference is part of the programme which the South has laid down, and we have no desire to fall in the open trap. Almost all believe that the war has now become for a boundary; no one here expects the North and South ever to unite again, by conquest or otherwise, nor is it thought desirable for any one's sake. I need not say that the military operations of the South have been looked upon with admiration, and, indeed, have had much to do with respect to the charge of opinion to which I have adverted."’

We are indebted to a lady friend, a native of England, but long resident in this country, for the extract given above from a private letter received from an intelligent gentleman living in London. The views expressed agree substantially with statements derived from other sources.--Columbia Guardian.

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