The New Zealand Evangelist
Congress At Brussells.—Deputation to Lord John Russell.
On the 20th and 21st of September, a Congress of delegates from various parts of Europe and America, assembled at Brussells for the purpose of discussing and developing some rational practices and efficient substitute for war, in the settlements of disputes between nations. At the last sitting of that conference, it was resolved that the bureau should be charged with the preparation, first, of an address to the governments of Christendom, and, second, an address to the people of Europe and America. In carrying out this object, a special deputation waited upon Lord John Russell, by appointment, on Monday last, (Oct. 30.) at one o'clock.
M. Visschers read the address in French, to which his lordship listened with extreme attention, occasionally interpolating an observation.
Mr. Elihu Burritt stated to his lordship the efforts that were being made by the friends of peace in the United States to indoctrinate the public mind with peace sentiments, and the policy of kindness and friendship, which were gradually but surely increasing in intensity towards the parent country.
Lord J. Russell, who received the deputation with his usual courtesy, expressed the deep interest which he, in common with every member of the British government, felt in the preservation of peace, and his ready belief that such meetings as those recently held at Brussells might be well calculated to produce a temper of moderation and kindness amongst the various nations of the world. His lordship then adverted at considerable length to the several propositions adopted by the Congress, entering into certain of them with great energy. Whilst to the full extent he admitted to the desirability of universal peace, his lordship appeared to doubt whither, in the present circumstances of nations, and whilst men's pas-page 66sions remained as they were, such an end would be easily attainable.
The deputation then withdrew, much gratified with the character of the interview.