s of the highest rank, to be held in the same manner as hostages for the thirteen prisoners held in New York for trial as pirates.
By this course the infamous attempt made by the United States government to commit judicial murder on prisoners of war was arrested.
The attention of the British House of Lords was also attracted to the proclamation of President Lincoln, threatening the officers and crew of privateers with the punishment of piracy.
It led to a discussion in which the Earl of Derby said: He apprehended that, if one thing was clearer than another, it was that privateering was not piracy; and that no law could make that piracy, as regarded the subjects of one nation which was not piracy by the law of nations.
Consequently, the United States must not be allowed to entertain this doctrine, and to call upon her Majesty's Government not to interfere.
The Lord Chancellor said: There was no doubt that, if an Englishman engaged in the service of the Southern States, he violat