tinuance of hostilities on this side of the Atlantic, if the policy of either could be promoted by the postponement of peace.
Each, too, thus became possessed of great influence in so shaping the general exercise of neutral rights in Europe as to render them subservient to the purpose of aiding one of the belligerents, to the detriment of the other.
Perhaps it may not be out of place to present a few examples by which to show the true nature of the neutrality professed in this war.
In May, 1861, the government of Her Britannic Majesty assured our enemies that the sympathies of this country [Great Britain] were rather with the North than with the South.
On June 1, 1861, the British government interdicted the use of its ports to armed ships and privateers, both of the United States and the so-called Confederate States, with their prizes.
The Secretary of State of the United States fully appreciated the character and motive of this interdiction, when he observed to Lord Lyons, w