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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 56: commerce-destroyers.-their inception, remarkable career, and ending. (search)
s beginning to realize the impolicy of neglecting so completely their neutral obligations, and Mr. Adams, the American minister, lost no opportunity of calling attention to the numerous violations ofreign Enlistment Act which were taking place. In consequence of the determined stand taken by Mr. Adams, several iron-clads building by Laird & Co. were seized. The Alexandria was released in Englare of the Georgia by the British authorities; for the latter, owing to the firm stand taken by Mr. Adams, had begun seriously to reflect on the probable consequences of further trespassing on the patfar off. In writing of the probability that Laird's rams would be permitted to get to sea, Mr. Adams remarks: In the notes which I had the honor to address to your Lordship on the 11th of Juld little commerce to lose and could have swept the trade of the latter from the ocean. When Mr. Adams heard that the Georgia was sold to a British merchant, he informed Commodore Thomas T. Craven,