el Commissioners, who had been confined in Fort Warren, in Boston harbor; and that portion of the precious freight of which the steamer Trent had been relieved, was handed over to the British Government, much to the regret of the war party of Great Britain.
Before this had taken place, however, Mr. Sumner, who had received letters from distinguished friends of America in England, read them, to the President, and his Cabinet.
One from Richard Cobden, January 23, 1862, said:—It is perhaps weinion of the world on that subject forever.
His mild rebuke of Mr. Hale's patriotic, but indiscreet motion and speech, had induced that Senator to withdraw the Resolution, for he had treated the whole matter on a hypothesis, by assuming that Great Britain had made an arrogant demand, when he knew nothing of the sort.
Who in the Senate, inquired Mr. Sumner, knows it?
Who in the country knows it?
I don't believe it—will not believe it, except on evidence.
I submit, therefore, that the Senato