Statistics for occurrence #1 of “confederate States” in chapter 134, page 514 of Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Documents and Narratives, Volume 8.:

...Earl Russell, H. B. M.'s Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, purporting to be a formal protest and remonstrance of her Majesty's government against the efforts of the authorities of the so-called confederate States , to build war-vessels within her Majesty's dominions, to be employed against the government of the United States. The President desires me to say to your lordship, that while he is not unwilling...
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