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ning of the Caroline as your act. Of course, all individual liability is merged in the Queen's responsibility.
We cannot justly condemn McLeod more than the French the Duke of Wellington, if any one should pursue him at Paris for a murder committed after the battle of Waterloo.
But, I think, all English lawyers will see that there are difficulties in arranging the manner of taking advantage of the defence which McLeod has. He has been indicted; and, unless the Attorney-General of the State of New York, who is the prosecuting officer, is willing to take the responsibility of entering a nolle prosequi,— which I presume he will not do,—the defence must be set up at the trial, that the act charged is not cognizable by the court.
Be assured that this will all be arranged in conformity with the law of nations.
Next comes the question of the Caroline.
There again you are in the right.
On the facts as stated, you were justified in destroying that ship, as you did; and of this opinion ar