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The Daily Dispatch: May 13, 1863., [Electronic resource], The late debate in the British Parliament. (search)
States Government either claimed the right of opening and using the mails, or expected that the English Consul should do so, and hand over to them any correspondence which they suspected. He wished to know if it was with these instructions the noble Earl had expressed himself satisfied. Earl Russell, who was all but inaudible, was understood to say that this order had been modified, but that the practice was in a great degree sanctioned by the decision of Lord Stowell. The Earl of Derby said that nothing could be more monstrous than this claim on the part of the American Government; what was still more astonishing was that her Majesty's Government should in any way acquiesce in it. The Marquis of Claricarde hoped the Government would take the matter into their serious consideration. Lord Chelmsford asked if there was any truth in the report that four more British vessels had been seized, as stated in the evening papers. Earl Russell said that Government had re