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Chapter 31: Naval affairs, concluded excitement in the Northern States on the appearance of our cruisers failure of the enemy to protect their commerce appeal to Europe not to help the so-called pirates Seeks iron-plated vessels in England statement of Lord Russell duty of neutrals position taken by President Washington letter of Jefferson contracts sought by United States government Adams asserts British neutrality violated reply of Lord Russell rejoinder of Seward dut
f the war, sought to contract for the construction of iron-plated vessels in the ports of England, which were to be delivered fully armed and equipped to her. To this it may be added that her armies were recruited from almost all the countries of Europe, down almost to the last month of the war; a portion of their arms were of foreign manufacture, as well as the munitions of war; a large number of the sailors of her fleets came from the seaports of Great Britain and Germany; in a word, whatever
Chapter 36: Efforts of the enemy to obtain our cotton demands of European manufacturers thousands of Operatives resorting to the poor rates complaint of her Majesty's Secretary of state letter of Seward promise to open all channels
effectually to plunder us of a large portion of our crop of cotton, and secure its transportation to the manufacturers of Europe.
The foreign necessity for our cotton is represented in these words of Her Majesty's Secretary of State for Foreign Affa ted.
It has been stated elsewhere in these pages that it became apparent that by some understanding, express or tact, Europe had decided to leave the initiative in all actions touching the contest on this continent to the two powers just named [G of President Lincoln.
It is scarcely credible that that government, at so early a day, foresaw the pressing demand from Europe for cotton which would ensue a year later.
Yet it would seem that we must suppose such to have been its foresight, or el