previous


Foreign intervention.

We like nothing better in the late letter of Henry A. Wise to Mr. Holmes than his manly and emphatic condemnation of the nervous anxiety for foreign intervention manifested by so many impatient people.--Whilst he desires recognition, he does not desire intervention, nor look upon it as a thing to be desired by any intelligent patriot. The man in a fight who is always looking over his shoulder to see if somebody is coming to help him, and abusing the by standers because they keep aloof, is not likely to impress the world with any very deep conviction of his conscious strength. No matter what the odds against us, we must struggle as if we had not a friend upon the earth if we ever expect to win our freedom, and shall be more likely to win friends by such proud self-reliance than by manifesting the slightest solicitude for outside aid. Liberty which is easily won is as easily lost, and independence which is achieved by, dependence upon others is independence only in name.

We are fully able to achieve our own deliverance, and it would be a poor deliverance if it only handed us over from Yankee to European subjection. The outside world are not going to grant us favors for nothing, and we cannot afford to pay the price which intervention would be sure to demand. All the troubles we suffer are of foreign origin. It is the Old World which has lighted the flames of discord in the New, and we should have too much self-respect to appeal to the authors of our difficulties for relief from their consequences. We desire to be under no obligations to them in any shape or form. We mean to come out of this ordeal without thanks to any one but ourselves, and perfectly free to shape our foreign and domestic policy in conformity with our own interests, and without fear, favor, or affection towards my foreign power. We shall have our own commerce, our own manufactures, and make the world dependent on us, as it always has been, for our great staples. We shall in the end acknowledge that the best thing that ever happened to us was the steady refusal of the Old World to render us assistance, and the necessity thereby imposed upon us of becoming the architects of our own for tunes.

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License.

An XML version of this text is available for download, with the additional restriction that you offer Perseus any modifications you make. Perseus provides credit for all accepted changes, storing new additions in a versioning system.

hide Places (automatically extracted)

View a map of the most frequently mentioned places in this document.

hide People (automatically extracted)
Sort people alphabetically, as they appear on the page, by frequency
Click on a person to search for him/her in this document.
Henry A. Wise (1)
Holmes (1)
hide Display Preferences
Greek Display:
Arabic Display:
View by Default:
Browse Bar: