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d the motives which guided it. To this course no exception can be taken, inasmuch as our attention has been invited to those sources of information by their official publication. In May, 1861, the Government of Her Britannia Majesty informed our enemies that it had not "allowed any other than an intermediate position on the part of the Southern States," and assured them "that the sympathies of this country (Great Britain) were rather with the North than with the South" On the 1st of June, 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, who communicated it. "that this measure, and that of the same character which had been adopted by France, would probably prove a death blow to Southern privateering." On th