What does it mean?
It is significantly remarked by the Yankee Paris
correspondent of a New York paper, that Palmerston
's extensive preparations for war with the United States
were made after he had read Seward
's first letter to Mr. Adams
, stating that Capt. Wilkes
had acted without orders.
It is also observed that two days after this note had been communicated to him, Lord Palmerston's organ, the Post,
denied that there was any conciliatory intelligence from America
The question is, why did the British Government
, when it heard the act of Wilkes
was already disavowed by Seward
, carry on, at an enormous cost, its preparations for war?
It is inexplicable, except upon the supposition that Great Britain
is looking forward to a war with the United States
, and availed herself eagerly of the opportunity afforded by the Trent
outrage as a reason for making naval and military preparations for a result which, sooner or later, she sees to be inevitable.