Arrival of the Great Eastern.
SANDY HOOK, May 17.
The Great Eastern has just come up. She is from Milford Haven, with Liverpool dates of the 6th inst.
The Asia arrived out on the 4th.
The Times argues that the true test of public feeling in the North will come when the taxes are collected. In the meantime, as long as the Federals are not absolutely winners, they are losers, whereas, so long as the Confederates are not actually subdued, they may regard themselves as winning. These are considerations which counterbalance the superiority of the North.
Capt. Wilson, who recaptured the Emily St. Pierre from the prize crew, has been formally presented by numerous Liverpool merchants with a valuable service of plate, and a gold chronometer. Also with a sextant from his own crew, and with two hundred pounds by the owners of the ship. The Mercantile Marine Association of Liverpool also announced its intention to present him with a gold medal, and his cook and steward with silver medal. Valuable money presents were also made to the cook and steward. Speeches eulogistic of the Captains were made on the occasion by several prominent merchants.
The Paris Patrie asserts that the French Minister at Washington had a long conference with Jeff. Davis at Richmond, that the step taken by M. Mercier is entirely political in its character, and was known to President Lincoln.
The London Morning Herald argues that from reports of Mercier’s mission to Richmond, that the beginning of the end is not far distant. It says that France and England suffer more than neutrals ever suffered from any contest, both begin to regard the war as interminable and atrocious.
The Paris Patrie says the visit of the French Minister to Richmond was entirely political, and that is purport was known to President Lincoln.
– Published in The Davenport Daily Gazette, Davenport, Iowa, Monday Morning, May 19, 1862, p. 1