The intelligence from England.
--The news from England
is in keeping with the character and spirit of the British
It is what might have been expected of that proud and self-respecting people.
To such an indignity as that inflicted upon the Trent
could not submit without such a stain upon her escutcheon as it has never yet borne, and a damaging blow to her prestige among the nations.
It remains now to be seen what course the bloated and arrogant despotism at Washington
If it were not as pusillanimous as it is base, no one could doubt that it would instantly and indignantly refuse the demand of the British Government
.-- It has committed itself to the act of Commander Wilkes
, not only through the intimations of Lincoln
in his message, by the letter of Secretary Welles
, emphatically approving the conduct of Wilkes
, and regretting that he had not seized the vessel as well as the Commissioners
, but by the act of imprisoning and keeping in prison the Commissioners
If it now submits to the humiliating demand of Great Britain
, it will sink itself to a state of abjectness which no nation has ever reached, and become a hissing bye-word and laughing stock through the whole world.
If, on the other hand, it rejects the demand, it will be ground to power between the upper and nether milestones British squadrons will blockade every Northern post and open every.
Southern one, bombard every Northern city, ravage the whole lake coast, seize, California
and absorb its golden currents, in spite of anything the Yankees
can do to prevent it. A consummation devoutly to be wished!
We trust that a just retribution for their enormous crimes is impending over their heads.
Nothing can save them but the most abject apology.
We wait with curiosity to see whether they will swallow the leek.