We have published recently two important pieces of news bearing upon the relations of England
and the United States
. One of them — the notice of the permit given by Mr. Adams, U. S.
Minister, to a ship proceeding to Matamoras
with a cargo of arms and ammunition for the Mexicans in their war with the French
, and the comments of the British
press thereon — and the other that of the seizure of the ship Alexandria
, at Liverpool
, on suspicion that she was intended for the Confederate
Connecting these two events, the inference is fair that they are to compose and settle all possible disturbance that might originate from either between the Lion
and Whatever sort of animal he be who is now a denizen of the White House
The pass of the U. S. Minister
to the ship conveying arms to Matamoras
, while the blockading vessels of his Government were arresting English vessels bound to the same port, on the allegation that they were engaged in trade with the Confederate States
, was an insult which the British
could not brook.--Of course they fired up at it, and declared that in no case could they submit to the humiliation of asking of the Minister
a ticket of leave to enter a Mexican port. "English merchants," says the Times,
"cannot go as suppliants to foreign Ministers to transact business."
, Yankee like, while he was very anxious to help along the Mexicans by giving safe conduct to their arms and ammunition to fight the French
, wished to do it covertly,
and not to provoke the ire of England
by the act. He was also, Yankee like, exceedingly "chagrined at the publication of his letter." No doubt of it.
Opportunely, however, the way for an amiable adjustment is at hand.
, through her Ministers, will require of Mr. Adams
an explanation and back out from the "pass;" but Mr. Adams
will be saved from any humiliation from the fact by the contemporaneous act of seizing the Alexandria
in compliance with his impudent demand that the British Government
should allow no vessel suspected to be destined for the rebel service to leave her ports.
Could there be a more amicable and mutual settlement of threatening difficulties?
As Mr. Laird
said in Parliament, there is no difference in principle in furnishing one belligerent with a ship and another with guns and powder and saltpetre.
But Lords Palmerston and Russell
, in the language of their great countryman will, no doubt, "like scurvy politicians seem to see the things" they "dost not."
Meantime, of this quarrelling and embracing of the lion, and the whatever he is of the White House
, let us continue to whip the Yankees
and we shall shape diplomacy to our own taste ultimately.