the facts here submitted, it seems clear that, if Mr. Davis
sent an agent to purchase war-vessels in Europe
, it must have been at a later period, and when the opportunity to get such vessels, from England
and elsewhere, had already been allowed to slip by. For he certainly cannot deny that, in May, 1861, a fleet of ten East India
steamers was offered the Confederate government, in Montgomery
, through Mr. W. L. Trenholm
, speaking in the name and by the authority of the house of John Frazer
& Co. Admitting that, as he must, how is it possible that he could have rejected the Trenholm offer—as he unquestionably did—if at that time he had a naval officer in Europe
, sent thither to effect the identical purchase he then declined?
Was it that our government could not have accepted any such proposal, except through the medium of the agent already alluded to?
Why not, then, have referred the house of John Frazer
& Co. to him, or him to that house?
, one of the firm of John Frazer
& Co., of Liverpool
, through whose hands had passed the negotiations relative to the purchase of these vessels, wrote to General Beauregard
the following letter on the subject.
It confirms the extracts from Mr. Trenholm
's letter, as given above; and adds so much interest to the point under consideration, that we feel justified in submitting it without curtailment.