24 NOVEMBER 1866, Page 1

There seems to be no doubt that though English officers,

naval and military, may hang negroes with impunity, they may not with impunity act like snobs. Lieutenant Brand, R.N., who was the President of the Morant Bay Court-Martial, has, it appears, written two very vulgar and " larky " letters to Mr. C. Buxton, M.P. for Eaat Surrey, venturing on a challenge to fight, sundry oaths, and various pieces of that delightful slang in which gunrooms used to be rather strong. We have described the character of these letters (to which Mr. Buxton's reply was very happy and also generous, for he gave the silly young man the chance of apologizing before publishing them) in another column. But the remarkable thing is the very prompt and strong action of the Admiralty upon them. The Ministerial papers yesterday morning were " authorized to state" that Commodore M'Clintock is to receive a copy of these letters immediately, and if Lieutenant Brand is unable to deny their authenticity, he is to be immediately superseded and sent to England, as " guilty of conduct incon- sistent with the character of an of and a gentleman,"—which reckless hanging of negroes of course is not.