The best commentary upon the professed neutrality of the British Government
in this war is its persistent connivance in the large emigration from Ireland
for the manifest purpose of swelling the Federal
She is willing that Ireland
should be depopulated of its fighting men for the purpose of enabling Lincoln
to destroy the cotton-raising labor of the Southern Confederacy.
So intent is she upon this cherished object that she pockets the insult to herself which every Federal recruiting agent breathes into Irish ears — that after fighting the battles of the United States
, the United States
will help them to fight the battles of old Ireland
pockets this indignity without difficulty, knowing well enough that it is an empty threat, and that Irishmen are more dangerous to her in their own country than three thousand miles away, with the wide ocean between.
Whilst thus bent on destroying American cotton, and crushing the Southern States
, she cannot permit an iron ram to leave her shores lest it might be used in violating her rigid neutrality between the two belligerents!
The just and generous people of England
may well chafe under the hypocrisy and shortsightedness of their Government.
They are mostly our friends, but their Government a deadly and dangerous enemy.
We do not expect recognition from her. All we ask is neutrality, and that she refuses us.
We have said that the policy of England
is as shortsighted as it is selfish — all selfishness is shortsighted — and such it will prove, whatever the result of the present war. If we are successful, as no sagacious and well-balanced mind among us questions, of course the Southern
staple will still retain its supremacy in the markets of the world.
Even if we should be defeated, slaves will still cultivate cotton; for, no matter what the Yankees
pretend, slavery will not be abolished, but the proprietorship changed, to Yankee hands, and the slaves made to work harder and produce more cotton than they ever did before.
In the meantime, England
will lose the best fighting material she has ever had in her armies, as she will find to her cost when another continental war arises, and the stalwart Irish
who have so often saved her national honor are sleeping their last sleep in the arid fields of the South