Such a measure, even for a limited and short time, is always liable to adverse as well as favorable considerations; and its operation at this moment, will add fuel to party discontent, and interested clamor. But it is a rational & provident measure, and will be relished by a greater portion, (Footnote 1) of the Nation, than an omission of it. If it could have been taken sooner and for a period of 3 or 4 months, it might have enlisted an alarm of the B. Cabinet, for their Peninsular System, on the side of Concessions to us; and wd have shaken (Footnote 2) their obstinacy, if to be shaken at all; the successes on that Theatre, being evidently their hold on the P. Regt and the hold of both on the vanity & prejudices of the nation. Whether if adopted for 60 days, it may beget apprehensions of a protraction, & thence lead to admissible (Footnote 3) overtures, before the sword is stained (Footnote 4) with blood, can not be foreknown with certainty. (Source)
I. Does vanity mean defnition 1 or 2 at http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/vanity?q=vanity?
Would someone please explain how they ascertained the meaning?
I'd like to be enlightened about the thought processes.
II. I'm tentative about "enlisted an alarm of the B. Cabinet"? The definitions of enlist don't figure?
- [mass noun] Excessive pride in or admiration of one’s own appearance or achievements:
- [mass noun] The quality of being worthless or futile