We have published the gist of the correspondence between Mr. Mason
and Lord Russell, on the questions of the legality of the blockade of our ports by the Yankee Government
, and the recognition of the Confederacy
No Southern man can read it without feelings of indignation and contempt; indigestion for the cold and stony haughtiness, not to say rudeness, of manner of the British Minister
towards Mr. Mason
, (afterwards only partially stoned by a disavowal of any personal
disrespect) and contempt for the subforfuges resorted to to cover a selfish policy.
discharged his duty, fully and plainly proved upon the British Government
inconsistency in disregarding the provisions of the Trenty of Paris
on the subject of blockades; and Lord Russell failed utterly to defend the conduct of his Government.
He had to make up in arrogance for the lack of justice and reason in the positions of his Government.
The first reading of the correspondence would prompt most persons to desire the immediate recall of Mr. Mason
; but a little reflection will change this feeling.
has not yet been recognized and received as a Minister from this Government, itself unrecognized.
Therefore he has no position
to retire from, save that of a waiter on the pleasure of John Rull
; and on the pleasure of that amiable person touching our recognition we have to wait, do what we may. Having submitted our claim to recognition, a proper self respect should preclude us from renewing it; but we see no humiliation in Mr. Mason
's remaining in London
to be ready for any event that may turn up, to represent our nation in the most authoritative manner upon such questions, political and financial, as may arise, and to take care of our interests in a timely way at the point where they are important, and may be seriously affected.
Therefore, let Mr. Mason
stay, as it is no doubt the desire of our own Government he should.
He has discharged his duty, and borne himself in a manly style; and what has transpired in his correspondence with Lord Russell can only redound in the opinion of the world and in the judgment of history, to the detriment of the British Ministry
We must not forget, whatever the Ministry may do, or propose, that our country has received the most valuable assistance from the people of England
, and at this time there are schemes on foot there of great importance to us. Let us not misjudge the people for the cold diplomacy of the Ministry, nor forget nor underrate the value of our intercourse with them, and the importance of digesting it to the best advantage.