Sympathy with our Government.
With no part of the noble speech of Lord Campbell, lately published in this paper, are we more pleased than with those glowing and affectionate sentiments of sympathy with the Confederacy
, in whatever fortune betide it, which conclude his admirable address.
Even if the Confederate Government should go down, says Lord Campbell, it will still be a consolation to him, and those who think with him, to remember that they have done all in their power to assist, by their sympathy and encouragement, a worthy cause, and the great and good man who, under the most extraordinary trials and obstacles, is devoting his whole heart and soul to its successful accomplishment.
May we not learn a lesson in our country from the manifestation of such sentiments by an illustrious foreigner.
Shall we with hold our own sympathy and encouragement from our Government — nay, labor to load it with reproach and obloquy — when the best and foremost men of other nations delight to do it honor?
What consolation should we have, in the event of our national failure, to remember that the leaders of our own choice were hunted down by our own hands, and that by sowing broadcast the seeds of mistrust and division, we had combined with our enemies to insure our own downfall!
We are confronted at this moment by such an adversary as, outside the infernal pit has rarely waged war upon mankind.
There is no man, woman, or child in the Confederacy
who has any interest in this world worth having which is not endangered by the success of the Yankees
They not only violate every recognized principle of civilized warfare, they not only desolate our farms, burn our dwellings, kill our women and children, and threaten the whole population with confiscation and extermination, but, wherever their power extends, they will not permit us to worship God in our own temples, and would deny us not only peace on earth, but hope in Heaven.
With such a foe and at such an hour as this is it too much to expect that every Confederate citizen should strengthen the hands of the Government
, should be lenient to its error of judgment, should appreciate and encourage its continual and herculean labors for the common good?
It there is any man that has more interest in the Confederate
success, more powerful incentives to energy, prudence, and fidelity, than the unanimously, chosen Chief Magistrate
of the Republic
, if becomes that man, and no other, to impeach his motives, and strike him from behind whilst the enemy is striking him in front.--If there is a statesman conscious of the possession of greater administrative qualities than the President
of the Republic
, wiser in council, more patient and blooding in labor, more lion hearted in danger, let him condescend privately and personally to give the President
the benefit of his superior wisdom, and to inspire his small with the under of a more fervid nature, Or, if we cannot encourage our own Government by our approbation, let us not, by abusing and denouncing it, encourage the vile foe with whom we are contending to our common destruction.