Russell's Remance of New Orleans.
Inquiries and investigations concerning Dr. Russell's (correspondent of the London Times) statements of violence and imprisonment in New Orleans, compel the conclusion that he designedly conveyed a false impression, grossly unjust to the city and the cause of the South.
He was false not so much in alleged facts themselves, but in his statements and inferences and enlarged conclusions, just as he was grossly false in jumping to the conclusion that South Carolina desired a monarchy.
The following is the concluding letter of the correspondence that has passed between Gov. Moore, of Louisiana, through an Aid, and H. B. M. Consul at New Orleans:
[from the Charleston Courier.]
Col. Manning to Mr. Mure.Excellency will content himself with renewing the assurance already made, that all cases of such grievance shall receive his prompt attention. I have mentioned in a previous letter to you that the persons pursuing this illegal and reprehensible mode of enlistment, are liable to prosecution and punishment through the medium of the ordinary process of the courts. I beg leave to call your attention again to the statement then made, and to add, that our criminal law denounces such acts with severe penalties. His Excellency instructs me to express his satisfaction in learning the nature of the dispatch sent by you to your Government. The British people and their Sovereign will learn therefrom how much credence to attach to the declarations of Dr. Russell, and will perceive that even in so important and interesting a subject as that of the enlistment of foreigners, he has applied for information to sources less reliable than that of Her Majesty's representatives at this place. It was a matter of interest to the ‘"authorities"’ to know how far that gentleman's mistaken representation of their action was concurred in or sustained by the official communications to the Government of Great Britain. It was a matter of interest to the community to know to what extent his assertions of barbarities publicly inflicted in our streets had any foundation in fact. Without pretending to ignore the conduct of some lawless men, some of the details of which are in your last letter, enough has been elicited to exhibit the fact, that such modes of enlistment are confined almost exclusively to one company, and that is without any recognized military organization. Renewing to you the assurance of His Excellency's desire to remove all just causes of complaint, and again reminding you that the courts have full cognizance of the whole subject, I beg leave to subscribe myself, with great respect and consideration,
Th. C. Manning,