Cockney Rot about the Civil War.
The Northerners wouldn�t free the slaves; they�d
take �em and sell them somewhere. They were a
domineering lot, and had oppressed the South, in
favor of their own manufactures. Ever since
that fellow (Barnum) had written a book about
how he humbugged the English, the people were wide
awake to Yankee tricks; they had got so that they
didn�t believe anything from America until the news
of two or three days later confirmed it. All the
railroads of the North had been built of English
capital, and now they turned round and abused us.
They were all dishonest. The South ought to have
been allowed to secede. He believed the West would
follow the example and the whole country by split up.
All this (which would have been considered sound
doctrine in South Carolina) was uttered with delicious
self-complacency, and not a grain of doubt on the part
of the speaker that he was thoroughly qualified to
judge of the question. He talked too with the air
of one who, coming from the centre of civilisation,
might afford to be affable to mankind in general.
With his companion he was on the look-out for a
farm, intending to purchase one. The butcher�s name
was Harry Pain, the Cheshireman�s Lee. Martin
and his wife coming in after supper, invited the Brit-
ishers to visit his farm, as he was willing to sell it.
Returned in wagon with W. Tew and the children,