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ves, why should it forbid the transmission of the produce which slavery gives to mankind? No principle is involved in the contest, and no Englishmen, they think, may, with a safe conscience, take which side they like. Their interests bid them to assist the South in getting their cargoes across the Atlantic, and, as we keep up a large navy, it will be better employed in raising the blockade of Charleston and New Orleans than in cruising between Mediterranean ports or lying at anchor at Spithead. To break the blockade of the Confederate ports is therefore likely to be the counsel of the extreme party among the manufacturers. That such a step would be taken by our Government they will, perhaps, hardly venture to hope, but they may think that a loud outcry, producing a chance of a collision between the two countries, may dispose the people of the Northern States to come to terms, and put an end to the war. Thus the two communities which live by cotton — the growers in the
mouth and Portland, which arrived on Thursday evening at Plymouth, disembarked some supernumeraries for the Dougal and Conqueror, and proceeded for Queenstown to embark troops for Malta. The Pharton, 51, screw, Captain E. Jatham, arrived at Spithead on Saturday morning from the Sore. Orders were subsequently received to proceed to Davenport or the purpose of being placed in dock before proceeding to her station, understood to be the Gulf of Mexico. The Pharton, it is now said, will not hoist an Admiral's flag, as it was said she would when first commissioned by Capt. Jatham. She had steam up soon afternoon yesterday, but remained at Spithead up to sunset. She will probably sail thence this morning if the weather should moderate. Sailing of the first Division of the English Contingent. Her Majesty's ships Dougal, Conqueror and Sansparell left Plymouth Sounds on the 13th ult., about noon, with the expeditionary battalions of marines for Mexico, the wind blowing half a g
Bombay. There was an unknown American ship alongside. The Union flag was lowered when the ships parted company. The Pope of Rome continues dangerously ill. The Viceroy of Egypt was ill. The Prince of Wales has left Alexandria for Jaffa and the Holy Land. The Japanese Ambassadors had left Alexandria for Marseilles. They would visit France before going to England. The Merrimac and Monitor battle in Parliament. In the House of Commons, on the 27th of March, Sir F. Smith gave notice that he should on to-morrow call the attention of the Secretary of State for War to a report of the engagement between the iron-cased vessel Merrimac, belonging to the Confederate States, and the iron gunboat Monitor, belonging to the Federal States; and ask whether, in consequence of the results of that action, it would not be prudent to suspend the construction of fortifications at Spithead until the question of the construction of iron-roofed gunboats had been fully considered.
. They questioned whether the Merrimac and Monitor had thrown any new fight on the subject, and thought forts could be made to maintain their superiority. They believed artillery could be made to crush these iron vessels. It would not do to proceed hastily, without further experience, but the Government would watch the question carefully. The subject dropped without action, but Mr. Bernal Osborne gave formal notice of a motion that it is expedient to suspend the construction of forts at Spithead until the value of iron-roofed gunboats for the defence of ports shall be fully considered. The newspapers were freely discussing the subject, and the London Times exhibits somewhat of a panic on it, urging that not a day should be lost, as wooden ships are clearly demonstrated to be wholly useless against iron, plated rams. Other journals and letter writers in abundance are also in favor of floating batteries. The question of iron batteries continues to attract great attention.
ron eased ship, though no other nation has got a gun which will destroy ours. We shall presently have a gun, it is said, which would enable the efforts force at Spithead to command every force of water between them. We have fifteen iron-cased ships, the Duke of Somerset against us, either built or on we have five wooden men-ofut it seems only one, cupola vessel actually ordered. This is something, but the question of the navy is still infinitely more a gouts than that of the forts at Spithead--Lord Vivian, indeed, in introducing the subject of the debate, made a remark which may be found hereafter to contain a most pertinent argument. We are taking all this thought for Spithead because of the stores contained in Portsmouth arsenals, which might be consumed by the shells of a hostile fleet; but when small iron cupola vessels have been substituted for the old fashioned fighting ships, when metal is everything, and timber, masts, sails and cordage, have almost disappeared from o
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