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Foreign Relations of the United States

The New York Herald strives, with all its might, to convince its readers and itself that the late victories of the Yankee armies will go far to indispose Napoleon to recognize the independence of the Southern Confederacy, and it rails with all the virulence of Rabshakols, against France, England, the London Times, and all mankind in general, for not feeling any disposition to acknowledge the supremacy of "the greatest nation in all creation." Hitherto, it acknowledges, the Yankee Foreign Relations "have been anything but satisfactory" to every patriot "in this country," that is, "in Yankeedom." England has been supplying the rebels with arms, ammunition, money, clothing, food, and vessels of war — that is to say, has actually been at war with Yankeedom. "We have been obliged to see the rebels assisted by English blockade runners, and our commerce destroyed by English privateers, without having had the opportunity to resent and avenge these outrageous insults" The policy of Napoleon has been more insidious, but not at all less hostile, than that of England. He has encouraged the rebels, it seems, by his intrigues with Mr. Sildell, and his efforts to induce the English ministry to join him in intervention; but as he has succeeded in none of these projects. "we" --still meaning Yankeedom — should have had no cause of quarrel with him had he kept his hands off of Mexico, and not attempted to establish an imperial monarchy there, "in open defiance of our Monroe doctrine." In consequence of these causes of complaint, the Herald threatens Napoleon and England with its vengeance. "A declaration of war," it says, "on our part, most assuredly will end this brief, eventful history, unless circumstances shall compel France and England to offer us satisfactory explanations and reparation."

It then goes on to say that, providentially, the recent Yankee victories have produced a powerful reaction in their favor — a reaction rather strengthened than delayed by the foolish twaddle of that rebel Cassandra, the London Times, which has been constantly predicting Union defeats, only to see as many predictions calcified. If, therefore, they can new succeed in taking Charleston, they have the game in their own hands.

Now, we do not pretend to be quite as wise as the Herald, but we have as good a right to prophecy and we predict that, if Charleston should fall, England and France will recognize the Confederacy in loss than sixty days after the date of its fall.

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