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pendent state. They have not thus made clear to the whole world that we are actually in the condition of a conquered people subsisting upon the will of the majority. I think we ought calmly and patiently and faithfully to go through the whole process and, if aid come to us, as come it must, let it find us in the dignified and rightful position of a sovereign strengthening itself by alliances, rather than of rebels seeking cooperation.It appears to me that a powerful mental effort has been made, the wit of man has been set to work to devise some plan by which the good we all desire and acknowledge the necessity of obtaining, may be accomplished without paying the necessary price. The experience of past ages has testified that no real good, no truly desirable object can be obtained without labor and sacrifice. Whether the object be moral or political or phisical or financial, nothing of any value can be accomplished without undergoing the privations and suffering which Providence seems to have indissolubly connected with success. The price of truth is isolation
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