"Thy spirit, Independence, let me boast," is the aspiration of all. It is one that now should be something more than an empty prayer.--Every one should endeavor to show his merit by striving to be independent.
The nation consists of individuals, and in proportion as they exhibit the ability of independence will it be enjoyed by the nation.
Every one should in this time of war — when so many are called from the field and workshop to the army — when the blockade has cut off supplies from abroad, and shut up our exportations to pay for them — when, in short, the demand for every necessary is increased and the supply greatly diminished — every one should at such a time dispense with everything not indispensable, and endeavor, if possible, to supply himself with what he must have.
The wardrobe, the larder, the house-furnishing, must all, come down to a war footing, and men must show by their self-denial and the cheerfulness with which they submit to deprivation, hardship — nay, suffering — how much they deserve the blessings of independence individual
and national — how much they merit the right of self-government, the freedom to manage their affairs after their own fashion, and disenthralment of Yankee misrule.
We believe our people generally are giving these proofs of their merit in a manner honorable to the nation.
In some localities and some circles there is still a great bunkering after the fashion and show of the past.
Fabulous prices are still paid for bonnets, when a little practice will enable any young lady to plait a bonnet in which the might appear as proud as a queen, and more lovely than she ever did before.
It is a time when plainness should be regarded a great virtue.
Every dollar sent abroad for unnecessary things is so much taken from the ability to achieve the independence of the country in the pending struggle, which involves the happiness and very existence of the nation.
Fashionable communities — which are fortunately only local — should elevate themselves in all respects to the height of the crisis, and by their example inculcate the policy which is enjoined by every consideration of public duty and patriotism — the policy to buy nothing that is unnecessary, and nothing that we can make ourselves.
This is Independence.