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England should withdraw her few regiments from Canada lest Yankee vanity might be tempted to "gobble them up" Can it be possible that England is afraid to risk it? What can the Times mean? Does England seriously contemplate the abandonment of Canada? It says, it is true, it can hold the United States in check by blockading its seaports in the event of war, and can carry on the conflict, if one should arise, by sea. But that blockade could not prevent the egress of privateers, and British commerce would be swept from the sea. Moreover, the United States navy is now almost large enough to cope with that of England. Canada, if worthless to the mother country in peace, is invaluable to her in war with the United States as a base of aggressive operations. Yet, if the regular forces of England are withdrawn from the province, and the only reliance for defence is the militia, nothing can prevent the United States from a sudden descent upon the abandoned country and a permanent occupation of it. If the British Government should adopt the suggestion of the Times, it will be a virtual declaration that Canada is out of leading strings and must henceforth take care of herself.
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