The London Times on Buchanan's Position.

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    "The London Times on Buchanan's Position," The Columbus Gazette. January 2, 1857, p. 3.
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    The London Times on Buchanan's Position.

    The London Times, of December 28th has an article on the position in which Buchanan stands before the world. After dwelling upon the high humor of being elevated to the Presidency of this Union, it remarks that the particular drawback to the perfect bliss that is supposed to hover around the head of the inmate of the White House, is " The utter inability under which he seems to labor, of convincing at least one-half of his supporters that he is not a traitor, false to those principles which secured his success, and those friends who stood by him most firmly in the hour of danger."

    We make from the article annexed quotations:

    "What is Mr. Buchanan to do? Is he to make Kansas slave or free? If the former, he will be branded as a traitor by the North; if the latter, he will be denounced as renegade by the South. The position is delicate, and the decision ticklish, but it must be made; it cannot be temporized with or postponed. ** He has not only the ordinary difficulty of deciding between the right and wrong, but the certainty that whatever he decides will give mortal offence to a considerable portion of his supporters. Already the North begins to admonish and the South to bully him. He is accused of treachery before he has had the opportunity of saying a single word or doing a single act. * Nevertheless, painful as the choice must be to Mr. Buchanan, there is, we apprehend as little doubt as to the course he ought to pursue, as in the choice of Hercules himself. To go all lengths with the violent Southern leaders, would be to forfeit the honor of the country, to render the Republican party invincible at the next election, to make an irreparable breach between the North and South - and to plunge the country, for no adequate reason, into the risks and expenses of a foreign war. Peace, union and good order, would be the natural result of the other line of policy. We earnestly hope that when the time for action arrives, the President will not, for a moment, hesitate between the two. "

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