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e noble Lord whether the course now proposed to be adopted of prohibiting the vessels-of-war and privateers of both parties from bringing prizes into the ports of the United Kingdom, was not different from that which had in former times been pursued by this country? Mr. Henley asked whether the law of France, as stated by the noble Lord, applied to the vessels of States, or was confined to privateers? Lord. J. Russell — I stated that law is applicable to privateers only. Sir J. Elphinstone asked what measures had been taken by the Government to inform British seamen who were at present at sea that it was their policy to observe a strict neutrality between the parties to this contest. Unless a notice was affixed to the mainmast of every British trader,--[order, order.] The Speaker informed the honorable baronet that he was not in order in entering into an argument. Lord J. Russell said that a proclamation had been issued by her Majesty, declaring her neutrality
on the 12th of June, Mr. Clay asked if the attention of the Government had been directed to the repeated interferences of the United States cruisers with British vessels in the West Indies, and particularly to the case of the steamer Circassian, captured in central waters, while bound from St. Thomas to Havana, and within twenty miles of port? Mr. Layard could not give an answer at present, the case of the Circassian being under consideration of the law officers of the Crown. Sir J. Elphinstone asked if the Government had any information of a Federal steamer having fired into an English and a French steamer, killing the captain of the latter, news to that effect having been received at Lloyd's. Lord Palmerston had no information on the subject. In the House of Lords on the 13th of June Earl Carnarvon called attention to General Butler's proclamation relative to the ladies of New Orleans. He condemned it in severe terms, as without precedent in the annals of mar, an
The Daily Dispatch: May 29, 1863., [Electronic resource], The elegant and Comfortable for Yankee envy. (search)
The Charleston Affair in Parliament — a General talk of iron-clads and iron Navies. Sir J. Elphinstone rose to move that an address should be presented to Her Majesty, that she would be graciously pleased to appoint a royal commission to consider the best mode of construction and form of iron clad ships which were to compose the future navy of England, and to report upon the ships at present built and building, and the amount of dock and basin accommodation required for their use at home and abroad. The honorable baronet said that during his time there had been three reconstructions of the British navy, which had cost large sums of money to this country. One very great objection to our present system was the diversity of sizes in which these ships had been built. There was nothing more essential than equality rate. [Hear, hear.] The ruling rate of speed of a squadron was found to be that of the slowest ship; and whilst the Warrior and Black Prince could make fifteen or
inister, Count Mercier, was recalled from Washington, the Americans were led to understand that no new agent would be accredited until President Lincoln should have recognized the Emperor of Mexico. This recognition has not been forthcoming, and there is no French Minister at Washington." The writer adds:"It is believed that Mr. Bigelow will continue to act as United States Charge D' Affairs in Paris for some time." Great Britain. In the House of Commons, on the 8th instant, Sir J. Elphinstone expressed regret at the absence in the Queen's speech of any allusion to the state of the public service. He said: Our relations with America are not in a satisfactory state; and in the event of war, England was not in the position to afford adequate protection to her commerce. He intended, on an early day, to call attention to the state of the navy. On bringing up the report on the address, Mr. Scully moved an amendment declaring that the state of Ireland is not satisfactory, a