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Editors. Captain Wilkes immediately determined to search for the enemy.
At Cienfuegos, on the south coast of Cuba, he learned from the United States consul-general at Havana that Messrs. Mason and Slidell, Confederate commissioners to Europe, and their secretaries and families had recently reached that port from Charleston en route to England.
He immediately put to sea, October 26th, with the purpose of intercepting the blockade runner which had brought them out. The commissioners wling had displayed itself wherever we had stopped either at St. Thomas or on the southern coast of Cuba, and when we reached Havana it was still more apparent.
Tt was evident, even at that early day, that the South had the sympathy of nearly all Europe — particularly of England and France.
When Captain Wilkes first took me into his confidence, and told me what he purposed to do, I earnestly
James M. Mason, Confederate commissioner to great Britain.
From a photograph. reminded him of the gre