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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 7: the Trent affair. (search)
ication (which is intended to be one of congratulation to yourself, officers and crew) express an opinion on the course pursued in omitting to capture the vessel which had these public enemies on board, further than to say that the forbearance exercised in this instance must not be permitted to constitute a precedent hereafter for infractions of neutral obligations. I am respectfully yours, Gideon Welles, Secretary of the Navy. Captain Charles Wilkes, Commanding U. S. S. San Jacinto, Boston, Mass. The news of the arrest of Mason and Slidell was received by Congress with great enthusiasm, and that body passed the following resolution by a decided vote: Resolved, That the President of the United States be requested to present to Captain Charles Wilkes a gold medal with suitable emblems and devices, in testimony of the high sense entertained by Congress of his good conduct in promptly arresting the rebel commissioners, J. M. Mason and John Slidell. But this resolution was