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The New York Chamber of Commerce going
to fight Great Britain.

The exploits of the ‘"290"’ have goaded the money, making Chamber of Commerce of New York into madness. That body held a meeting on Monday, at which, after a ‘"war-with- England"’ speech from Mr. A. L. Low, the following resolutions were adopted:

Resolved, That the Chamber of Commerce has heard, with profound emotion, the graphic account given by Captain Hagar of the burning of the ship Brilliant, on the third day of October instant.

Resolved, That, in view of this atrocity, it is the duty of the Chamber to announce, for the information of all who are interested in the safety of human life — the life of shipwrecked passengers and crews — that henceforth the light of a burning ship at sea will become to the American sailor the signal that lures to destruction, and will not be, as in times past, the beacon to guide the generous and intrepid mariner to the rescue of the unfortunate.

Resolved, That henceforth self preservation will be the first dictate of prudence, as it is the first law of nature, and consequently the destruction of the Brilliant can be only characterized as a crime against humanity, and all who have knowingly and willingly aided and abetted must be considered as perpetrators of the crime.

Resolved, That this Chamber has not failed to notice a rapid change in British sentiment, transforming a friendly nation into a self-styled neutral power, the nature of which neutrality is shown in permitting ships to go forth with men, and in permitting an armament to follow them for the detestable work of plundering and destroying American ships, thus encouraging upon the high seas an offence against neutral rights, on the place of which, in the case of the Trent, the British Government threatened to plunge this Government into war.

Resolved, further, That the outrage of consigning to destruction by fire, without adjudication. British and American property together, is an aggravation of the offence against the rights of neutrals, and ought to be denounced as a crime by the civilized nations of the world.

Resolved. That this Chamber has heard with amazement that other vessels are fitting out in the ports of Great Britain to continue the work of destruction begun by the Alabama, an enormity that cannot be committed on the high seas without jeopardising the commerce and peace of the nations.

Resolved, further, That it is the duty of the Chamber to warn the merchants of Great Britain that a repetition of such acts as the burning of the Brilliant, by a vessel fitted out in Great Britain, and manned by British seamen, cannot fall to produce the most widespread exasperation in this country, and hence they invoke the influence of all men who value peace and good will among the nations to prevent the departure of other vessels, of the character referred to, from their ports, and so arrest the calamity of war.

Resolved, That it is the desire of this Chamber, as it is the interest of all its members, to cherish sentiments of amity with the people of Great Britain, to maintain those cordial relations which have led to profitable intercourse, and to strengthen the ties that knit them together in mutual courtesy and respect.

Resolved, That copies of the foregoing preamble and resolutions be sent to the Secretary of State and to the Secretary of the Navy of the United States, and to the Boards of Trade of London and Liverpool; and that the Secretary of State be requested to transmit copies of the same to the diplomatic agents of the United States for distribution in other commercial countries.

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