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we send down another avalanche to bury and extinguish you for ever."
We are quite aware that in our position it is not unusual to regard our confidence in God as a delusion and presumption, and, therefore, should not be surprised if some be so cowardly as to pray at us in their prayers, rather than to shew their Christianity by praying for us.
This is a strange world, and there are times when some Christian professors act more strangely than men of the world, or we should not find amongst our enemies those on whom we have been wont to rely, or towards whom we have cherished the highest veneration and esteem.
The Rev. C. H. Spurgeon, in his "Sword and Trowel” has let drop concerning us an ambiguous expression in the shape of "wounded feelings,” which does us great injustice, and whilst he speaks of our “letters " as "a bold and skilful analysis of the whole case in America,” he draws an inference from them which demonstrates that the best of men are but men at the best, and consequently liable to err.
The editors of the British Quarterly have recently avowed that “we have an hatred to America and all Americans.” If this were the case, we should not have put all our eggs in the American basket, in the shape of property, or have made such vigorous though ill-requited efforts to lift Americans out of the deep rut of expediency
where they have been so long bemired, or tried to bring them back to first principles—a mission often pronounced to be Quixotic even in our Northern States, despite the gorgeous pictures drawn of them hy men who have run wild with delusion, and one most assuredly that brought us more kicks and blows than halfpence, when by doing evil for a good purpose, we could have been both popular and wealthy.
What different results there would have been, if deep, calm, rational progress had been the order of the day in America ; but our Northern States and people, who were the chief instruments in sustaining the blood-cemented fabric of slavery when it suited their purpose, went from one extreme of guilt to another, in honour of their favourite system of protective tariffs and their beloved idol the Union, to promote which they subjected themselves to the scorn of men and demons, by making slavery a stalking horse to cover their ulterior objects, aims, and motives.
“ Who fired the first shot?” enquired a Professor at Oxford the other day. The reply given was
Southerners.” “ Were not they the aggressors ?" “ No, since our Northern people were the invaders.” “But did not the forts in the South belong to the United States Government?" "No." “ How so?" Because the contract on which the Union was based had been broken by presidents, states, and churches in our entire history, as shown in the ob
jects for which the Union was created, and specified in the preamble to the constitution, and the perjured oaths of our American people ; consequently, the Union was null and void, and the forts reverted to the states to which they belonged prior to their admission into the Union. Besides, each state reserved to itself the sovereign right to manage its own affairs, and to exercise supreme jurisdiction over its own dominions, which was ignored when the Federals marched their armies through the sovereign state of Maryland to invade the Southern States, in defiance of the Governor, whilst all who resisted were driven into exile or thrust into prison.
The Southerns showed noble pluck and daring throughout the entire bloody and devastating war, whilst they were being girdled with our Northern Anaconda, which ultimately smoothed its jaws in their final overthrow and defeat, but not before the Southerns had won imperishable honours on many a well-contested battle-field, and caused the names of General Lee and the late Stonewall Jackson to be inscribed on the page of history, as the noblest and bravest generals made conspicuous in the bloody drama.
Our Northern States and people having conducted the war to a triumphant end, all worshippers of success have had a lively time of it in the blowing of trumpets amidst what are called the “shoutings of the free," but the fearful mortality which has obtained amongst liberated slaves, the hostility and discontent which still remain amongst the white population of the Southern States, who continue to think it hard that they should bave suffered wrongfully, despite the advice of the Hon. Neal Dowe, not to do so under the circumstances; the accumulated debt which must be a heavy drag on the wheels of industrial progress for some time to come; the resolutions adopted in Congress during the second year of the war, to receive the Southern States and people into the Union with slavery if they would come back; the letter of the late President Lincoln to the Hon. Horace Greely, to restore the Union with slavery if he could, or in part, etc., and his advice to the coloured delegates who waited on him at the White House, to go to Abbeokuta or Liberia; the after thoughts which associated freedom to the slave with penal consequences to enforce obedience to Federal authority and power; the amendment to the Constitution which proclaims their own dishonour, and makes the names of patriot, traitor, and treason, a mockery and delusion on the lips of Federals and their abettors and promoters; the continued imprisonment of Jefferson Davis, and the present irrepressible conflict still going on in America in connection with the negro, coupled with the prospect of another outbursting volcano, or a long history of penal legislation, civil disabilities, oaths, tests, discord, agitation, and reform, to be repeated in the New World—these things must of necessity abate the enthusiasm and sober somewhat the imaginations of these worshippers of Federal success, as well as interfere with their overdrawn pictures and feverish dreams, that “ England ought to envy America," as the Rev. Mr Brock is said to have avowed recently at a Baptist Convention held in Liverpool.
Desperate is the necessity when Mrs Stowe, the late Mr Cobden, and others had to speak of the war as an atonement, and freedom as a compensation for all its horrors and calamities.
When a fire breaks out on a prairie, and the devouring flame sweeps along, all kinds of reptiles come out of their holes. Even so, as the war passions have been kindled and swept from east to west and from north to south, it has made us more acquainted with the dispositions, habits, and distinctive characters of our neighbours.
Some, to all human appearance, like George Stewart, Esq., of Philadelphia, and Bishop Janes, an official dignitary in the Northern branch of the Methodist Episcopal Church, would have died in their holes or well-feathered nests of pro-slavery proclivity without finding an use for their tongues to express their condemnation and horror of slavery, but for the stern and absolute necessity to which the Federal executive was driven in the late war (viz.) to use freedom as a war measure to conquer the South.
Such men are very emphatic in their avowals that freedom could not be achieved without the