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, the British government interdicted the use of its ports to armed ships and privateers, both of the United States and the so-called confederate States, with their prizes. The Secretary of State of the United States fully appreciated the character and motive of this interdiction, when he observed to Lord Lyons, who communicated it: That this measure, and that of the same character which had been adopted by France, would probably prove a death-blow to Southern privateering. On the twelfth of June, 1861, the United States Minister in London informed Her Majesty's Secretary for Foreign Affairs, that the fact of his having held interviews with the Commissioners of this Government had given great dissatisfaction, and that a protraction of this relation would be viewed by the United States as hostile in spirit, and to require some corresponding action accordingly. In response to this intimation, Her Majesty's Secretary assured the Minister that he had no expectation of seeing them any m