Statistics for occurrence #1 of “Captain Wilkes” in chapter 7 of Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War.:

...hat the long settled policy of this country was to resist the right of search upon the high seas; and by way of being consistent we had but one course to pursue, and that was to repudiate the acts of Captain Wilkes , which would have been the better policy to pursue from the beginning. To Mr. Seward more than any one else were the people indebted for not having the country involved in a war of great magnitud...
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