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North, that James Watson Webb, Brigadier General, &c., has deprived the United States of his services at this critical juncture, by accepting a foreign mission. We can imagine that he was sadly missed at the battle of Manassas,--in that crushing slaughter and that headlong retreat. "Ah, where was Roderick then? One blast upon his angle horn Ware worth a thousand men." When we recall to mind how Webb used to flourish his avenging sword in mid-heaven, and how he swore that the "New York Seventh Regiment alone could conquer the South," we cannot be thankful enough that the Seventh declined the job, and that Webb was not in this country to lead their invincible march. But let us not exult too soon. Perhaps when Webb, at a foreign court, hears the result of the battle of Manassas, he will fling aside his diplomatic commission, and persuading the European Governments to delay their recognition of the Southern Confederacy till he can have an opportunity to settle their hash, will hurry across the Atlantic as fast as the combined power of wind, steam and gas can propel his powerful presence. When Webb appears, bludgeon in hand, on the Long Bridge at Washington, let the South stand from under.
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