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fference with the State Department, but I said at once to Mr. Moran, the First Secretary of Legation, that the Minister woulderal Grant would not endure disobedience in a subordinate. Moran agreed with me as to the disobedience. Motley indeed had sritish Government prevented it from resenting on the spot. Moran and I talked over the matter. I was greatly grieved, for iew with Lord Clarendon, the result that I had predicted to Moran occurred. The President at first insisted on the immediate leave. When I found I was to return I talked again with Moran about our chief. I was anxious to do the Minister a servicntrary. The British Minister for Foreign Affairs said to Mr. Moran about this time, and Moran told it to me, that he would nMoran told it to me, that he would not have retained a subordinate a day after the first letter that Motley had written in disobedience of his instructions. F Government could report its action, the First Secretary, Mr. Moran, was directed to assume charge of the Legation; and as Mo
tment during this winter, and it was while I was absent from London that the British Commissioners started for America. After Motley's removal there was no American Minister in London until Schenck should arrive, but the Secretary of Legation, Mr. Moran, was acting Charge d'affaires. My own position was that of Consul-General, entirely without diplomatic functions, and without any right to know the secrets of the Legation. Moran, therefore, though my personal friend, very properly did not coMoran, therefore, though my personal friend, very properly did not communicate to me what was going on; but as soon as I returned from Spain Lord Halifax called on me and told me of the negotiations. He asked me to his country house and afterward made a dinner in town that I might have an opportunity of meeting Mr. Gladstone. The Prime Minister then communicated to me his views on several of the points at issue. He particularly desired to indicate his anxiety for the success of the negotiations and his intention to do all in his power to further this end. He
oclamation becomes the first link in our case. But I write on—too much, and now stop. I hope you enjoy London. Society there is the best in the world. If I can serve you in any way, command me, and let me know from time to time how the drama appears. Be frank always where it is possible with Englishmen, and let them know our case, so that when it is presented again, they will not treat an honest, well-meant effort with indignity. Ever sincerely yours, Charles Sumner. I hope Mr. Moran is well. I know not what I have written; but I commit it to your discretion. No. Twelve. Viscount Halifax to General Badeau. This letter was written while I was at the Executive Mansion, after my return from England in 1869. Of course I understood that it was intended for the President, and showed it to Grant and the Secretary of State; and Lord Halifax told me afterward that this was what he had expected. The English view of the points at issue was hardly ever better stated, a