--On Saturday evening the British steam sloop-of-war Racer
, Captain Lyons
, crossed the Bar, and steamed past Fort Sumter
into the Harbor of Charleston
She now lies at anchor off the Battery
, a short distance from the city wharves.
It was currently reported and believed that a French man-of-war is outside, and will, likewise, presently enter the harbor.
While entering the port, a shot was thrown across the bows of the Racer
from the Beauregard Battery.
She displayed her colors, and was permitted to proceed, in accordance with orders issued, and without saluting our fortifications.
We are informed that, by application of the British Consul
accredited to the United States Government, the Confederate Government has assented to her ingress and egress, as may prove convenient, without the etiquette of recognizing our authority in our own waters.
It is of a piece with the position occupied on our soil by foreign consuls, acting officially under exequators
of the United States
, being parcel of the same policy, and doubtless a logical sequence.
We conceive the policy to be weak and temporizing and injurious — a course derogatory to our claims to independence, and to our respectability as a people.--We so characterized it a year ago. The matter of the Racer
appears to us unnecessary, while it opens an avenue of easy and possible deleterious information with the enemy off our harbor.
The Confederate States
have never been really so weak as to have to ask favors, cap in hand, of the Courts
, as they have done.
Our Commissioners should, we think, long since have been withdrawn, until it shall be signified that their official presence is desired, and then we should send Ministers Plenipotentiary
For our part, we recognize no proper ground, now or heretofore, for the Confederate States
submitting to be put in an equivocal position by foreign nations.
Strong facts will bring us foreign recognition and the lifting of the blockade.
They will do it without our acquiescence in either snubbing in Europe
, or slights here.
Voluntary humiliation, upon whatever pretext of alleged convenience or supposed temporary benefit to ourselves, is, we judge, both unnecessary and unwise.