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of the apparent overthrow of their influence in Mexico, but it is the same kindness of faction which led us into the civil war. Only time and events can cure it, and these we may well believe are doing their work.

"No appeal to the reason or to the patriotism of the insurgents is heard so long as they entertain hopes of success in the desperate enterprise. The loyal people of the United States seem to have no need for new or increased devotion to the national cause. At all events, considerations of foreign and remote dangers can scarcely be expected to gain serious attention when the immediate domestic perils of the conflict absorb the popular mind. I know no other way for us than to contemplate the situation calmly, do our whole duty faithfully, meet every emergency as it rises with prudence, firmness, and force if necessary, and trust in God for a safe issue of the contest.

"I am, your obedient servant,

"William H. Seward."

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