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The rams.

--"I will swear to anything in reason." says poor Peter Peebles, in the novel of Red Gauntlet. "Odd a plea is a lost plea if it comes to my oath."

The invitations given by the English Foreign Secretary to all whom it may concern to come forward and perjure themselves, in the matter of the so-called Confederate steamers, seems to have had the desired effect. The vessels are to be detained, and Seward is to be gratified, at the small expense of damnation to the affidavit maker's soul, who obviously has sworn to what neither is the truth, nor, were it true, could be proved to be so.--in this matter Lord Russell has acted the part of the prosecuting attorney, and not that of the Judge. He pointed out to his chests, Adams and the Exeter Hall junta, the only means by which they could legally succeed in arresting the steamers and delaying their departure. Without his invaluable aid the probability is that they would have remained in ignorance of them. Why are the Yankee papers always abusing England ? She is most assuredly a ready and potent ally, and has never neglected an opportunity of rendering them all the assistance in her power, through the agency of her Foreign Secretary in England and her Ambassador in Washington. To favor them she has foresworn herself and ignored a solemn treaty. She has supplied them with arms in untold abundance, and several hundred thousand soldiers. She is at this moment supplying them with the latter article at the rate of several thousand a week. If she were to become offended at some of the innumerable tirades against her, which find their way into their press, and stop the emigration from Ireland, she would put an end to the war in three months. But she does none of these things. She submits to be snubbed by Seward and Adams, and to be abused by the newspapers under their direction, with a meekness truly Christian, and continues to supply them with arms and men to fight their battles, just as if nothing had happened to render their relations disagreeable.

When a treaty comes to be made with England hereafter, we hope our Government will remember all these things. It was intimated in a contemporary journal the other morning that it was the design of the Government, after obtaining our independence, to place all the world upon an equal footing with respect to trade. We hope the Senate will reject any and every treaty giving to the Yankees and England the same privileges with France in respect to trade. These two have been our inveterate enemies, and they deserve no consideration at our hands. As for England, her course has been so decidedly hostile that it is hard to say which are our bitterest enemies, she or the Yankees. We are in favor of free trade, and are very well aware that so far as pecuniary interest is concerned, we should encourage the whole world to trade with us. But there are considerations above money, and these political considerations too. Were we in a condition to do it, we are not sure that we would be wrong to declare war against England. Do not, then, at least, let us throw the wealth of empires in her lap. Let us make her feel that we resent her conduct by placing her rival in the position of the most favored nation, and denying that position to her. We have the means of retaliation in our own hands, and we trust they will be used.

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