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National retribution

We do not believe the history of the world at fords one solitary example of national sin which has not been followed by national retribution. The punishment of individual transgressors may be deferred to a future state; but nations have no future existence. If it could be possible to find an empire which always adhered to the maximum of justice and wisdom, we should find one whose power and prosperity would be as lasting as time. The greatest of modern nations England, will one day add another name to the long catalogue of fallen empires. She is now in the meridian of her glory; but the bloody status of her Indian conquests and the commercial cupidity which has made merchandize of the souls and bodies of man kind, are not forgotten in the chancery of heaven — Even if African slavery were the a gestic crime which Exeter Hall if the silly delusion of its us that the South is now punished very, what must be the punishment of that nation which introduced slavery into the South, which forced it upon our forefathers in spite of their remonstrances, and which had at one time the monopoly of the slave trade of the world, and which never gave it up till its interests changed its principles.

The North need not expect to escape the universal law of retribution which has visited every nation that disregarded the right to and destroyed the peace of others. For all the national sine of the United States--and young as the country was in years it was old in iniquity — it is equally responsible, to say the least of it, with the South. In all the filibustering of the old United States her agency has been as great as that of the South. --Even in regard to slavery, New England divides with Old England the honor of establishing slavery in the South, and, if the South has owned the labor, the North has reaped the principal share of the profits. If the South is receiving its punishment, we cannot expect that the North will escape. At present it is having a very agreeable time, carrying on a war end feeling none of its perils at home. It cannot expect even upon its own favorite idea that slavery is a tin which provoke the vengeance of Heaven, to escape retribution. It will one day have to drink the same bitter cup which is now pressed upon the lips of the South, aggravated by the punishment of its crimes in the present war. It is inconceivable that the Almighty should fail to visit such gigantic wickedness at the present invasion, and the inhuman and atrocious manner in which it is carried on, with His most signal displeasure. War, such war as even the persecuted South has never yet suffered; civil war, not sectional, bloody and brutal war of races at its own doors; war of these who have not against these who have, will yet rage at its own hearths once, and convert its faired fields into howling deserts. There are men yet living who will see the flames of the First Revolution rekindled in all their homes in the Northern States. If such a community as Fredericksburg pure and innocent beyond comparison, are reduced to such suffering, what will be the fate of the pointed Northern cities — the Sodoms and Gomorrahs of a depraved and infidel race?

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