MR. VALLANDINGHAM’S SPEECH.
We take great pleasure in laying Mr. Vallandingham’s speech before our readers today. It is excruciatingly severe on the cowardly surrender of Mason and Slidell to the British authorities. Mr. V has immortalized himself by his manliness and independence. Without fear of the Bastile which the Lincoln despotism has in store for plainspoken men and women, he fearlessly criticises and denounces the acts of the Lincoln Government. His views of the policy of the British Government are such as we have all along entertained. England has desired a justifiable cause to raise the blockade, and she now has it. Seward, so far from disclaiming the right to visit the search English vessels, and seize upon persons on board of them, elaborately argues in favor of such a right. Messrs. Mason and Slidell are by this time in Europe, and we shall be sorely disappointed if we do not soon hear that they been received at the Courts to which they have been accredited.