Great Britain and the American Civil War eBook

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Far more emphatic of ultimate Northern victory was the picture presented, though in sarcasm, by the Times New York correspondent, printed in this same issue: 

“No disappointments, however fast they may follow on the heels of each other, can becloud the bright sunshine of conceit and self-worship that glows in the heart of the Yankee.  His country is the first in the world, and he is the first man in it.  Knock him down, and he will get up again, and brush the dirt from his knees, not a bit the worse for the fall.  If he do not win this time, he is bound to win the next.  His motto is ‘Never say die.’  His manifest destiny is to go on—­prospering and to prosper—­conquering and to conquer.”


[Footnote 1197:  Dodd, Jefferson Davis, p. 233.]

[Footnote 1198:  See ante, p. 192.]

[Footnote 1199:  Mason Papers.  Spence to Mason, Jan. 22, 1864.]

[Footnote 1200:  The Index, Feb. 18, 1864, p. 105.]

[Footnote 1201:  The Index, March 24, 1864, p. 189, quoting the Reader for March 19.]

[Footnote 1202:  The first Southern meeting in England I have found record of was one reported in the Spectator, Nov. 16, 1861, to honour Yancey on his arrival.  It was held by the Fishmongers of London.  Yancey was warmly received and appealed to his hosts on the ground that the South was the best buyer of English goods.]

[Footnote 1203:  The 134 meetings here listed represent by no means all held, for Goldwin Smith estimated at least 500 after the beginning of 1862. (The Civil War in America, London, 1866.) The list may be regarded as an analysis of the more important, attracting the attention of The Liberator and of Adams.]

[Footnote 1204:  At a banquet given to Thompson in 1863 he was declared by Bright to have been the “real liberator of the slaves in the English colonies,” and by P.A.  Taylor as, by his courage “when social obloquy and personal danger had to be incurred for the truth’s sake,” having rendered great services “to the cause of Abolition in America.”]

[Footnote 1205:  The Liberator, Jan. 15, 1864.  Letter to James Buffum, of Lynn, Dec. 10, 1863.]

[Footnote 1206:  Goldwin Smith’s pamphlet:  “The Civil War in America:  An Address read at the last meeting of the Manchester Union and Emancipation Society” (held on January 26, 1866), pays especial tribute to Thomas Bayley Potter, M.P., stating “you boldly allied yourself with the working-men in forming this association.”  Smith gives a five-page list of other leading members, among whom, in addition to some Northern friends already named, are to be noted Thomas Hughes, Duncan McLaren, John Stuart Mill.  There are eleven noted “Professors,” among them Cairnes, Thorold Rogers, and Fawcett.  The publicity committee of this society during three years had issued and circulated “upwards of four hundred thousand books, pamphlets, and tracts.”  Here, as previously, the activities of Americans in England are not included.  Thus George Francis Train, correspondent of the New York Herald, made twenty-three speeches between January, 1861, and March, 1862. ("Union Speeches in England.")]

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