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The Daily Dispatch: December 16, 1861., [Electronic resource], Federal relations with foreign Powers. (search)
nderstood, while implying a disposition on the part of France to accord belligerent rights to their Sargents, does not name, specify or even indicate one such belligerent right. On the other hand, the rights which it asserts that France expects as a neutral, from the United States, as a belligerent, are even less than this Government, on the 25th of April, instructed you to concede and guarantee to her by treaty, as a friend. On that day we offered to her our adhesion to the declaration of Paris, which contains four propositions — namely: 1. That privateering shall be abolished. 2. That a neutral flag covers enemy's goods not contraband of war. 3. That goods of a neutral, not contraband, shall not be confiscated, though found in an enemy's vessel. 4. That blockades, in order to be lawful, must be maintained by competent force. We have always, when at war, conceded the three last of these rights to neutrals a fortiori, we could not when at peace deny them to friendly nations.
ourse. He added that although England and France are anxious to have adhesion of the United States to the declaration of Paris, yet that they would rather dispense with it altogether than be drawn into our domestic controversy. He insisted somewha obligations of the declaration of the Congress of Paris in regard to other Powers. Thus carried out, the declaration of Paris would be expounded so as to excclude all internal conflicts in States from the application of the articles of that celebrument further, I might add that addition, insurrection and treason would find in such a new reading of the declaration of Paris, encouragement which would tend to render the most stable and even the most beneficent systems of government insecure. Ner motive will remain unsatisfied, and it will lose none of its force. We shall be ready to accede to the declaration of Paris with every Power that will agree to adopt its principles for the government of its relations to us, and which shall be co