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Doc. 228. Vallandigham's resolution approving the act of Captain Wilkes.

Whereas, The Secretary of the Navy has reported to this House, that Captain Charles Wilkes, in command of the San Jacinto, an armed public vessel of the United States, did, on the 8th of November, 1861, on the high seas, intercept the Trent, a British mail steamer, and forcibly remove therefrom James M. Mason and John Slidell, disloyal citizens, leading conspirators, rebel enemies and dangerous men, who, with their suite, were on their way to Europe to promote the cause of the insurrection, claiming to be ambassadors from the seceded Confederate States; and

Whereas, The Secretary of the Navy has further reported to this House that the prompt and decisive action of Captain Wilkes on this occasion merited and received the emphatic approval of the Department, and, moreover, in a public letter has thanked Captain Wilkes for the act; and

Whereas, This House on the first day of the session did propose to tender the thanks of Congress to Captain Wilkes for his brave, adroit, and patriotic conduct, in the arrest of the traitors, James M. Mason and John Slidell; and

Whereas further, on the same day, this House did request the President to confine the said Janes M. Mason and John Slidell in the cells of convicted felons until certain military officers of the United States, captured and held by the so-called Confederate States, should be treated as prisoners of war; therefore, be it

Resolved, As the sense of this House, that it is the duty of the President to now firmly maintain the stand thus taken, approving and adopting the act of Captain Wilkes, in spite of any menace or demand of the British Government, and that this House pledges its full support to him in upholding now the honor and vindicating the course of the Government and people of the United States against a foreign power.

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