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The following statement was made by Texas Senator Louis Wigfall to the London Times correspondent William Howard Russell on May 8th, 1861, and is taken from the book, My Diary-North and South, by W. H. Russell, published in 1863.

Early this morning, as usual, my faithful Wigfall comes in and sits by my bedside, and passing his hands through his locks, pours out his ideas with wonderful lucidity and odd affectation of logic all his own. "We are a peculiar people, sir! You don't understand us, and you can't understand us, because we are known to you only by Northern writers and Northern papers, who know nothing of us themselves, or misrepresent what they do know. We are an agricultural people; we are a primitive but a civilised people. We have no citiesŚwe don't want them. We have no literatureŚwe don't need any yet. We have no pressŚwe are glad of it. We do not require a press, because we go out and discuss all public questions from the stump with our people. We have no commercial marineŚno navyŚwe don't want them. We are better without them. Your ships carry our produce, and you can protect your own vessels. We want no manufactures : we desire no tradings no mechanical or manufacturing classes. As long as we have our rice, our sugar, our tobacco, and our cotton, we can command wealth to purchase all we want from those nations with which we are in amity, and to lay up money besides. But with the Yankees we will never tradeŚnever. Not one pound of cotton shall ever go from the South to their accursed cities ; not one ounce of their steel or their manufactures shall ever cross our border."
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