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The Palmerston ministry. In reply to some questions put to him by the Earl of Derby, in the House of Lords, on the 15th of February, Lord Russell is reported to have said that, in the affair of the rams he acted from a sense of duty, and from no extraneous influence, believing that the rams were intended to be used for the purpose of carrying on war with the United States. From this, it is evident that he considers it his duty to assist the United States in every way short of a declaration of war, and to thwart the Confederates in every way short of actual hostilities. If he believes that the rams are designed to be used against the United States, he knows that the cannon, small arms, and munitions of war, which the Yankees obtain in vast quantities from England, are designed to be used in making war upon the Confederate States. His idea of a strict neutrality, then, is to throw open at the resources of the British empire to the Yankees, and to keep them closed against the Co
European intelligence. The last European papers contain some interesting intelligence, from which we make some selections: Lord Russell's Speech on the Detention of the Confederate rams. In the House of Commons, on the 25th ult., the Earl of Derby stated that the Government had promised to lay before the House the correspondence with the Federal Government relative to the seizure of Laird's rams, but had failed to do so.--He asked the reason of this discrepancy: Earl Russell--The statement of the noble Earl would be very striking if he had correctly remembered the facts of the discussion to which he alludes. The noble Earl has represented the case as if I had stated that the production of the correspondence to which he now alludes between Mr. Adams and me was dangerous to the public service, and as if I had been supported in that opinion by the Attorney General and the law officers of the Crown. As I recollect it, my statement was not that the production of the co
The Daily Dispatch: May 6, 1864., [Electronic resource], The impending battle on the Rapidan — the enemy on the PeninsulaIron Clads and transports in James river — troops landed at Bermuda Hundreds, &c. (search)
in his simplicity, [a laugh.] did believe that the document was what it purported to be. Had it been so, emanating from the Confederate Government, it would, undoubtedly, have been, as he had represented it, of unquestionable authority. His impression was that the letter of Mr Adams should be produced. ["No, no," from Mr Layard, "the dispatch of Lord Lyons"]--Well, that the dispatch of Lord Lyons should be produced. ["Hear," and a laugh.] In the House of Lords, on the 18th the Earl of Derby gave notice that on the 26th inst, he should call attention to the correspondence between Her Majesty's Government and Messrs Laird, of Birkenhead, relative to the Mersey rams The Bishop of Peterborough is dead. There was a rumor that the Earl of Carlisle intended to resign the Lord Lieutenancy of foreland. The London Times, of the 19th, in its City Article, noticing a daily of 1 per cent. in the Confederate loan on the previous day, attributes it partly to the open defiance o
The Daily Dispatch: May 21, 1864., [Electronic resource], The War News — Grant Quiet — Another Reverse for Butler on the Southside — the battles in Louisiana, &c. (search)
heard that Belfield was an exceedingly dangerous place for them to visit. We will here remark that these raiders told Mr. Derby that they were not out on a fighting excursion.--that such was not their business, though if necessary they would engageatly alarmed them. They did not return the fire. In the midst of the confusion into which they were thus thrown, Mr. Derby effected his escape and made his way safely to Petersburg, where he arrived at a late hour Tuesday night. He stated to an Express at Lawrenceville and laughed heartily at its contents, saying that it was stuffed with rebel lies, &c. Mr. Derby was told by one of the raiders that Speare was fired upon by our men at Chula, fell from his horse, and lay on the grouway from Blacks and Whites to Mount Sinal Church, and the men were caked with mud from their heads to their heels. Mr. Derby says, to the credit of the commander of these raiders, that he saw several of them severely punished for damaging priva
bravely. They have fallen back not more than four miles after a week's desolate fighting. The Times says the "work goes bravely on — the rebel Longstreet has died of his wounds, and Gen. Lee has been dangerously wounded and sent to Richmond, and his army is in full retreat towards the rebel capital." The Times, in an editorial about "West Pointers," says Banks's overthrow in Louisiana "has made it plain to everybody that Major Gen. Banks is practically no General at all." Major Derby, surgeon-in-chief with Gen. Banks, reports the Federal loss at Pleasant Hill at 670 killed, 1,340 wounded, and 1,565 missing and wounded. A dispatch in the Times from Natchez, Miss, says the "rebel battery which fired upon the steamer Von. Phill, made its appearance at Fort de Russy and sunk the steamer Emma. A telegram from Cincinnati, of the 14th, says: The rebels have retreated in some distance to Resaca and Rome. The Yankees claim to have captured 5,000 prisoners and
European News. The English papers were still canvassing and dissecting the vote sustaining the ministry. The majority of eighteen was larger than expected, and included several so-called. Conservatives. The result was regarded as effectually disposing of all further opposition for the remainder of the session. The prorogation is expected to take place on the 30th of July. The Earl of Derby was better, but it was doubtful if he would be able to resume his Parliamentary duties during the present session. The new Danish Cabaret is represented as being decidedly in favor of peace.
pon what principles of the law of nations, or proper interpretation of this treaty, could Mr. Ogden be forced into the army or compelled to leave the country without the notice provided for. Mr. Lyons quoted from Judge Marshall to show that treaties were held to be the supreme law of the land, and referred to the indignant tone in which reference was made by Earl Russell to the practice of decoying British subjects into the Federal army, brought to his attention by Earls Clanricarde and Derby, in the House of Lords. He referred also to a letter of instruction from the War Department here to General Magruder in respect to the release of French subjects who were forced into the Confederate army in Texas. In these cases, the parties were ordered to be released, in conformity with the stipulations of the French and United States treaty, under the protection of which they came here. This and the British treaty being co-existent and of equal force in respect to the subjects of the r
Debate in the British Parliament on American Affairs. After the Queen's address had been moved in the House of Lords, the Earl of Derby, after speaking on home and foreign topics generally, said: It is impossible that every one must not earnestly desire any step to be taken that may lead to a possibility of reconciliation, or to a termination of the war. At the same time, I am not one in the least disposed to move from the position of neutrality professed, and, I hope, maintained, by Her Majesty's Government; but I confess I look with great anxiety, and no little apprehension, to some symptoms which appear to me to show that that neutrality has not been received by the party to whom, unquestionably, it has been most favorable with that good will and gratitude to which I think it was fairly entitled. [Hear, hear.] I do not now refer to expressions published in Federal newspapers, or made use of by individuals, or to language in dispatches of an official character addressed to au
y intentions of the American Government. They explained that the measures proposed by the Government would ask a vote of £50,000 for the Quebec defences, while the Canadians would undertake the defences of Montreal and westward. The Earl of Derby thought the position of the Government was humiliating, when the question of peace of war depended on an excitable populace, with strong prejudices against England, and strongly censured the Government for having so long delayed its defences, andce that time the navigation of the St. Lawrence had been closed by ice. After some brief conversation, the subject dropped. The debate caused a depression in the funds and a fall in consols. The Daily News credits Lords Lyreden and Derby with having raised a most mischievous debate. The Times questions the policy of defences. The Owl says probably the Government will take no measures for a naval force on the lakes, the Washington Government having explained its action t
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