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Thomas C. DeLeon, Four years in Rebel capitals: an inside view of life in the southern confederacy, from birth to death., Chapter 31: the Chinese-Wall blockade, abroad and at home. (search)
e proclaimed closed. Their Government declared-and the southern people believed — that such nominal blockade would not be respected by European powers; and reliant upon the kingship of cotton inducing early recognition, both believed that the ships of England and France-disregarding the impotent paper closure-would soon crowd southern wharves and exchange the royal fleece for the luxuries, no less than the necessaries, of life. When the three first commissioners to Europe-Messrs. Yancey, Rost and Mann-sailed from New Orleans, on March 31, 1861, their mission was hailed as harbinger to speedy fruition of these delusive thoughts, to which the wish alone was father. Then-though very gradually-began belief that they had reckoned too fast; and doubt began to chill glowing hopes of immediate recognition from Europe. But there was none, as yet, relative to her ultimate action. The successful trial trip of the Nashville, Captain Pegram, C. S. N.-and her warm reception by the British pr
Varina Davis, Jefferson Davis: Ex-President of the Confederate States of America, A Memoir by his Wife, Volume 2, Chapter 30: foreign Relations.—Unjust discrimination against us.—Diplomatic correspondence. (search)
Chapter 30: foreign Relations.—Unjust discrimination against us.—Diplomatic correspondence. Mr. Mason was appointed our Representative in London, Mr. Slidell in Paris, Mr. Rost in Spain, and Mr. Mann in Belgium. I hope Mr. Mann's memoirs, which are very full and written from diaries, will be published, and these will shed much light upon the diplomatic service of the Confederacy. The Confederate States having dissolved their connection with the United States, whose relations were securely and long established with Foreign Governments, it devolved upon the Confederate States formally to declare to these Governments her separation from the United States. This the Provisional Congress did, but the United States antecedently had claimed sovereignty over the Confederate States, and the Governments of Europe announced that they could not assume to judge of the rights of the combatants. These Governments had fallen into the error, now commonly prevailing, that our separate sover
and twenty marines. The Charleston Mercury published the following on the Confederate Commissioners in Europe: It is now several months since our commissioners were sent to Europe. Thus far it seems they have got no further than England. Mr. Rost, one of them, has gone over to France; but as he can have no authority to act alone, we presume that he goes rather to ascertain the views of the Emperor of the French than to make a treaty. We infer from Mr. Rost's departure from London to ParMr. Rost's departure from London to Paris that nothing has been accomplished in England. Indeed, from the order in Council forbidding Confederate privateers bringing their prizes into British ports, we are only surprised that any of the Commissioners should have remained in London a day after this new order was issued. This is an act of quasi hostility, which, it appears to us, ought to have arrested a conference with the British authorities. It was well known that, whilst Great Britain has the greatest interest in the independe
rtment, says they had one hundred and twenty thousand men in Corinth, and that now they cannot muster much over eighty thousand. Some of the fresh graves on the road have been opened and found filled with arms. Many of the prisoners beg not to be exchanged, saying they purposely allowed themselves to be taken. Beaureguard himself retreated from Baldwin on Saturday afternoon to Okolona, Miss. Brigadier-General D. B. Birney, having been tried by court-martial, and honorably acquitted of the charges brought against him, this day reassumed command of his brigade by order of General Kearny, commmanding division. The House of Representatives of the United States called for information respecting the organization by General Hunter, of the Department of South-Carolina, of a regiment of black volunteers for the defence of the Union.--(Doc. 132.) An interesting correspondence between Judge Rost, Captain Huse, and R. M. T. Hunter, rebel agents in Europe, was this day published.
ms, on the 12th of June, 1861, expressed the great dissatisfaction of his government, coupled with a threat to retaliate, if such interviews continued, the British Minister, having ascertained that it was the policy of the Confederate government to use the commercial dependence of England to obtain compulsory recognition, and to make no treaties conferring advantages in trade or commerce, cut short further official intercourse. Not until November, 1861, were Messrs. Mason, Slidell, Mann, and Rost sent over to Europe. And they, too, had only arguments to offer concerning legal rights and precedents unacceptable to monarchies; and they accomplished nothing. Our attempts at diplomacy were an egregious failure. In the language of the Chairman of the Committee of Foreign Affairs, in the Confederate Senate, from 1862 to 1865 —the Hon. James L. Orr—the Confederate States had no diplomacy. In defending the territory, population, and supply resources of the Southern States the success o
ed, they being inclined on one side or the other as the rod f is diverged from a straight line. These shields guide the cutters. The arm a is counterbalanced by a weight h, so that it is easily raised, by drawing on the line i, one end of which is attached to a lug j on the arm, and the other passes over pulleys to the workman's hand. Rossing attachment for saw-mill. The shields k raise the cutters while in action, to suit any rough places or knots that may be on the logs by them. Rost′horn's Gun–met′al. An alloy composed of 55.04 parts copper; 42.36 zinc; 1.77 iron; and 0.83 tin; or, according to another analysis, 57.63 copper; 40.22 tin; 1.86 iron; and 0.15 tin. See table on page 61. Ros′trum. 1. (Surgical.) A crooked pair of forceps with beak-like jaws. 2. The beak of a still, connecting the head with the worm. 3. (Nautical.) The prow or beak of a vessel. 4. The elevated platform or stage in the forum of ancient Rome, from which the orators address
From Fort Pickens. New Orleans, April 12. --The enthusiasm among the volunteers is great. Large numbers are leaving for Pensacola. The reconnoitering is progressing rapidly at Fort Pickens. Advices from Havana say that Messrs. Rost and Yancey sailed for Europe in the steamer Clyde.
American affairs in France. The intelligent Paris correspondent of the New Orleans Picayune gives some views of the attitude of France towards the Confederate States of America, which will interest our readers. The letter is dated June 14: "The work goes bravely on!" Judge Rost is well satisfied with the views taken of the course of American politics by the English and French Governments. Lord Palmerston, Lord John Russell, Mons. Thouvenel and Count Waleski have acquainted him these Governments will acknowledge the Confederate States as soon as they approve their ability to maintain their sovereignty — as soon as they exhibit to the world that they are defacto capable of defending their rights, and they say the rule of acknowledging all Governments de facto will be interpreted largely in favor of the Confederate States; it being a fundamental principle of Republics that the people have an inalienable right to modify their form of Government at pleasure, and there being no
teur, in which Napoleon foreshadows the recognition of the rebel Confederacy as an independent Power. It is interpreted by our Paris correspondent exactly in the sense in which we read the translation received by the Etna, and the writer adds that it would have been embodied in a diplomatic circular addressed by M. Thouvenel to the French Ministers at Foreign Courts, as illustrating to them the exact position of his Majesty the Emperor towards Italy and America. Messrs. Mann, Yancey and Rost, the rebel Commissioners, were in Paris. They reported that Great Britain would soon recognize the rebel Government, but the statement was not very generally credited, although it was believed both in Paris and London that the British Cabinet were very anxious to do so, if its chief members had a plausible excuse. Captain Russell, who was commissioned by Napoleon to report to him on the performance of the Great Eastern during her late trip to and from New York, was also in Paris, and vo
The Daily Dispatch: September 12, 1861., [Electronic resource], France and the recognition of the Confederate States of America. (search)
France and the recognition of the Confederate States of America. The Paris correspondent of the N. O. Picayune communicates the following important intelligence, under date of July 31st: Judge Rost continues at his post, and exerts all his energies to push forward the grave interests confided to him. I have already mentioned the favorable impression he makes here on all classes of people. I am not at liberty to repeat all I know, having been expressly desired to be most guarded in my language; nevertheless, I may quote to you what the Paris correspondent of the London Times said in a recent letter: "The recognition of the Confederate States is looming up here," and I assure you it is the truth.--The most influential men connected with the Government are strongly in favor of it.-- The Emperor himself said to a well known American gentleman a few weeks ago: "I regret to see civil war waged in the United States, especially as a policy of conciliation would have averted it, ha
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