Southern Feeling, London (1862)

Source: The University of Texas Perry-Castaneda Library: 'Southern Feeling towards England,' Index, May 15, 1862, 40.

Southern Feeling, London (1862), Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900), eds L. Bently & M. Kretschmer,

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May 15, 1862.]                  THE INDEX.                  41

refused, at least, so far as individuals are concerned,
for we believe that the intellect and intelligence of
the British nation does moat cordially and actively
sympathize with the South in its fearful struggle,
and that British commerce has dared more, and done
more, in its aid than the commerce of all the rest of
the world put together. But the South can only
weigh the value of this aid and sympathy by the
public acts of the Government. At the hands
of that Government it had a right to expect,
if not favours, at least justice. Has it re-
ceived it ? Have not solemn international
treaties received new constructions, that they might
not apply to the necessities of a suffering people ?
Have not palpable facts been stilled by misty
equivocations, lest the logic of those facts might
lead to conclusions more favourable than those in
power desired? When a foreign Government stands
ready to do what England refuses to do, is not the
whole machinery of state-craft set in motion to
interpose obstacles and delays? Has not every
effort been made from above to repress the ebullition
of sympathy which swells from the heart of this
nation, and to stave off the discussions by which
alone the voice of the nation can bo hoard, and its
will consulted ?
      The people of the South are conscious that they
have not an interest in conflict with any interest of
England. They produce all that England consumes,
they consume all that England produces. They are
conscious that they have fulfilled every condition
which can justly be required of a new nation claim-
ing admission into the family of nations — extent of
territory, sufficiency of population and resources,
unanimity of thought and action, resoluteness of
purpose, unflinching determination of will. They
have not wearied the ears of the world with appeals
and solicitations; they have trusted to God and
their own strong arms to work out their independ-
ence; they have achieved and maintained it for over
a year; amid alternate triumphs and humiliation they
have remained sober-minded, neither unduly elated by
victory nor discouraged by defeat; God-loving, God-
fearing, resolute, stedfast, self-reliant, and self-sacri-
ficing. Yet, so far as they can see from their point
of view, the world stands coldly looking on, refusing
to them what no other nation has ever yet been
refused; exacting from them tests that have never
been exacted before; applying to them — free citizens
of a Government of their own choice — rules that were
never dreamed of in the case of subjects to a ruler by
Divine Right.
      Can they be blamed for already smarting, bitterly
and keenly, under a sense of gross wrong and wanton
injustice; that this feeling should find vent in their
daily talk, and in their letters to distant friends;
that it eventually may colour their character and
governmental policy; and that when the war is
ended, as alone it can end, in their complete inde-
pendence, and the recognition by the world of the
righteousness of their cause, they should spurn
friendships which are tendered in the hour of pros-
perity, and which were wanting in the hour of need.
      England is great and powerful, but none can be
so great and powerful as not to need friends. If
friends she wants on the Western Hemisphere, she
will surely not find them among the States of the
North. Is it her interest, or her policy, that Worth
and South should have but one feeling in common,
but one motive-spring common to both, and that,
resentment and hatred to Great Britain ?



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