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The Daily Dispatch: December 2, 1861., [Electronic resource], The second American Revolution, as Viewed by a member of the British parliament. (search)
resident, Mr. Lincoln, to contradict this proclamation. I make these observation s to show that there is no truth whatever in the rumor of any intention on the part of the Northern States to abolish slavery by this quarrel. It is not a question between us and slavery; but simply how we are to obtain cotton wherewith to feed our large manufacturing population. It may be said that we have nothing to do with cotton; that we are going to be happy in Essex all the winter, spend a merry. Christmas, and we ought to let the people of Lancashire starve until all is blue; but I shall endeavor to show you that you are directly concerned. I find that owing to this quarrel, besides cotton, a great portion of our mercantile transactions between this country and America are at a stand-still. Take the case of tea-cups and plates, which are Staffordshire ware. In August, 1860, those articles were exported to the value of 79,318 pounds; while in the same month, 1861, the extortions only