Menacing Hostility of the English Government and Press towards the United States.
--The New York Herald, of Friday last, has an editorial with the above caption, of which the following is the conclusion:
We learn by this arrival that Kingston, in Canada
, is to be made a naval as well as a military station, and that a naval force is to be stationed on the lakes.
Does this look like neutrality?
We further learn that the English Government
has sent out reinforcements to her already immense fleet upon our coast, numbering some thirty ships--two of them ships of the line, 90 guns; several of them frigates, and most of them armed with the powerful Armstrong
The whole number of guns is now about 500--a force, considering the quality of the ships and armament, more than sufficient to break the blockade in every port, and sink our whole fleet.
Thanks to the imbecility of the Navy Department at Washington
Then there is the powerful French squadron here, which we are assured will co-operate with the English
, because the exports of France
in wine and other articles have fallen off more than one-half, in consequence of the interruption of the American
trade by the war, and because, without the tobacco which French agents are now buying up in Virginia
, the whole financial system of the French Government
would be deranged — a vast proportion of its income being derived from the duty on that article.
We are informed by Lord Palmerston's organ that a perfect understanding on the subject has been arrived at as to the combined action of the two Governments towards that of America
, and that ‘"this co-operation is to be prosecuted on both sea and land."’ Yet we do not believe the Emperor
of the French
will take any step hostile or injurious to us, unless the English Government
leads the way. Should England
enter upon such a dangerous career, she will rue the day that her rulers have committed her to a deadly struggle with this young giant Republic.