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of Mr. Seward What the North at large will say to the proceeding remains to be seen. The House of Representatives had passed a resolution of thanks to Commander Wilkes. The Government had made themselves accessories after the fact to his act by receiving the arrested Commissioners and throwing them into a dungeon. The Naval Secretary had fully and cordially approved the proceeding of Wilkes. The City Council had voted him the freedom of New York, and the Governor's room at City Hall had been put at his disposal, where he held a grand levee. The whole press of the country had sanctioned the act and extolled its hero. After this universal ovationd its hero. After this universal ovation to Commander Wilkes, and exultant glee over the capture of Mason and Slidell, their surrender will be the most humiliating act of cowardice that Yankee annals afford. It will be curious to observe the reception which will be given the news of it by the public at the North and in Europe.
lars and cents are their supreme law of action in matters public as well as personal. They boarded the Trent with every circumstance of bravado and indignity; the Government made the act its own by receiving the Commissioners into its possession, and confining them as prisoners; the Secretary of State and of the Navy, and the House of Representatives applauded the outrage to the echo; the whole press of the United States seemed with the most uproarious and defiant exultation over the act of Wilkes, and hectored, bullied and humbled the British Lion in every conceivable shape and form. After all this, to back down instantaneously, and, at the first menace of England, to surrender the Commissioners, is to exhibit not only a lack of all honor and manliness, but a shamelessness to shocking that hereafter the Stars and Stripes will become a badge of degradation and infamy throughout the world. This humiliating surrender, so far from propitiating the European world, will convince them of