d be effected, do we see how it could be maintained.
It would be better for Americans if they could have maintained the Union; but as they could not do so, and as in falling to do so they have done no worse than other nations before them, we thought it better that they should part with as little harm as possible.
The actual course of the war, up to this time, has proved the correctness of our views, and we have little expectation of any decisive evidence to the contrary in the events to come.
Our claims, however, at the hands of the Americans are wholly independent of these results, whatever they may be. We claim to have abstained with the most scrupulous care from any cause of offence, to have formed our opinions without prejudice, and to have shaped our policy without the least ill-will.
When the Americans can review the case with calm consideration, we are certain that a vast majority of the nation will embrace those opinions of which Mr. Phelpits speech seemed the precursor.