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mined that it was necessary for their interests to obtain from both belligerents securities concerning the treatment of neutrals. In the instructions which confided the negotiations on this matter to the British Consul at Charleston, he was informed that the most perfect accord on this question exists between Her Majesty's Government and the Government of the Emperor of the French; and these instructions were accompanied by a copy of the despatch of the British Foreign Office of the eighteenth May, 1861, stating that there was no difference of opinion between Great Britain and the United States as to the validity of the principles enunciated in the fourth article of the declaration of Paris in reference to blockades. Your predecessors of the provisional Congress had therefore no difficulty in proclaiming, nor I in approving, the resolutions which abandoned in favor of Great Britain and France our right to capture enemy's property when covered by the flags of these powers. The secur