No event of any marked or decisive character has occurred
in foreign affairs. Switzerland, on which country attention is chiefly concentrated, is hastening to its lamentable civil war ; the last show of peaceful negotiation having come to nothing. The Austrian and Prussian Ministers have withdrawn from immediate communication with the Vorort ; both evincing decided displeasure at the resort to arms. The Prussian Minister has retired, significantly enough, to the Canton of Neufchatel ; which does not openly side with the Separate League, but refuses to take arms against it. Italy is in an uneasy state: Tuscany moving with an internal agitation that is not well understood,—for the people do not seem dissatisfied with their Government, though they are dissatisfied with the long-stipulated cession of Fivizzano to Modena ; the Ferrarese still kicking fruitlessly against the Austrian garrison ; and the Piedmontese anxiously asking whether certain equivocal measures do or do not signify that King Charles Albert is going to disappoint them and side with Absolutism. In London there is a strong belief that the King is acting in good faith, and that his own feelings are engaged on the side of freedom; though Aus- trian influence and the antiquated priest party may harrass him with difficulties.
In Spain, Queen Christina is understood to be regaining her influence over her daughter : remodelling the Household, pruning the honours and power of Narvaez, and ° making the young Isa- bella ride out in public with her husband. India enjoys a tranquillity unusually profound. The most notable action, just now, is a movement by Lord Hardinge to establish a more complete form of British authority in Oude and the Nizam's territory ; a measure which is expected materially to advance the internal consolidation of our Indian empire.