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Envoys to the Courts of France and England; and there is a passage in this part of his message which throws a probable light on the distinctive mission on which Mr. Slidell and Mr. Mason were sent to Europe.
He remarks, with some evident pride, that the Confederate States have been content to fight their own battle, and have solicngly, the total inefficiency of these blockades, and to put the assertion upon evidence.
It is a fair inference that this was one of the questions upon which Messrs. Slidell and Mason were sent to Europe.
But there is another statement in our present American intelligence which threatens to put the blockade question in a lighf which may change the civil war into a great and world-wide struggle.
Nothing can interest us now unless it relates to the one question — Will Messrs. Mason and Slidell be given up?
Everything that bears on this will be greedily read by the British public; everything that tends to show the temper of the Americans, or to give