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l, to whom it was addressed. In the exercise of a discretion which is also somewhat peculiar, Mr. Adams, it would seem, abstained from reading this document to the Foreign Secretary, and leaving witispatch. There is a little mystery about the matter in regard to the subsequent dispatch from Mr. Adams to Mr. Seward, to which Lord Derby adverted; but in whatever manner the American Minister herewith the American Minister about a dispatch that gentleman thought proper to keep to himself. Mr. Adams probably said he had got the missive in his pocket, and he was perhaps a little vexed that it If Mr. Seward was as well acquainted with the present temper of the people of this country as Mr. Adams is, he would as soon have, thought of lighting his sugar in a powder magazine. Coming, too, aple it laid down for its guidance when the struggle commenced, and by that principle it is, as Mr. Adams well knows, resolved to abide. We desire to live in peace with both belligerents; but they mu
should suppose, some five minutes length, Lord Derby called the attention of the peers to the fact that Lord Russell had refused to lay the papers in the case of the rams before the House of Lords, on the contemptibly frivolous pretext that the case was now under judicial investigation, the papers in question having already been published by the Yankee Congress. He wished farther to have a copy of any papers relative to Yankee threats of violence in British waters, a dispatch from Seward to Adams having been published in Washington, in which the former threatened to follow the Alabama and Florida into British waters, and destroy them there. Russell would not produce the papers, contenting himself with stating that the rams were, in his opinion, designed for the Confederate States, and that her Majesty's Government were extremely anxious to avoid giving countenance to such proceedings. And there, we are told, the subject dropped. In the House of Commons, Mr. Seymour Fitzgerald call