tors in the war of 1776, but what was attempted to be done by Mr. Gideon Welles, their own Secretary of the Navy, in the year of grace 1861.
heir memories on both these points, and first, as to the latter.
Mr. Welles attempted to do, nothing more nor less than the Confederate Statee course of which he stated the fact I have charged, to wit: that Mr. Welles endeavored to make a contract with him, for building some Federaly new orders, to be done in so short a time—as that prescribed by Mr. Welles, for it seems that he was in a hurry.
The explanation probably is, that we had offered Mr. Laird better terms than Mr. Welles, and this is the only reason why the Alabama was a Confederate, instead of a Federal press, knowing nothing of these secret transactions between Mr. Welles and Mr. Laird, had been denouncing the latter for building the Al the ships of her enemy, so could the Confederate States.
And if Mr. Welles, the Federal Secretary of the Navy, could go into the ship-yards