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ruise. He went on shore in all parts of the world, knew that the moment he touched the shore he was at liberty to depart, if he pleased, and was tampered with by sundry Yankee Consuls, but always came back to us. He seemed to have the instinct of deciding between his friends and his enemies. The following correspondence took place between the Liverpool Chamber of Commerce, and Earl Russell, the British Foreign Secretary, on the occasion of the two last captures:— to the Rt. Hon. Earl Russell, Etc., Etc.:— my Lord:—I have been requested by the Council of this Chamber to inform you that they have had brought before them the facts of the destruction at sea, in one case, and of seizure and release under ransom-bond in another case, of British property on board Federal vessels, (the Manchester and the Tonawanda,) by an armed cruiser sailing under the Confederate flag, the particulars of which have been already laid before your Lordship. As the question is one of serious imp<
ressing the earnestness with which I have been in the interval directed to describe the grave nature of the situation in which both countries must be placed in the event of an act of aggression committed against the Government and people of the United States by either of these formidable vessels. I pray your Lordship to accept the assurances of the highest consideration with which I have the honour to be, my Lord, your most obedient servant, Charles Francis Adams. Right Honourable Earl Russell, &c. The consequence of this menace was that the Messrs. Laird were forbidden to allow these vessels to leave their yard without an ample explanation of their destination and a sustainable reference to the owner or owners for whom they are constructed. It was outrageously held by Lord Russell that Messrs. Laird were bound to declare-and sustain on unimpeachable testimony such declaration — the Governments for whom the steam rams have been built. In other words, without an affidavit
tion does not think it necessary to dwell at length on the importance of this question, as affecting the general interests of commerce, but feels called upon, representing an important interest, to address your lordship on the subject. I am, therefore, instructed by the Association respectfully to press this matter on your lordship's earnest consideration. I have the honor to be, my lord, your lordship's most obedient, humble servant. Francis A. Clint, Chairman. To the Bright Hon. Earl Russell, Foreign Office, London. Lord John Russell's reply. Foreign Office, Jan. 15. I am directed by Earl Russell to acknowledge the receipt of a letter which on behalf of the Liverpool Shipowners' Association, you addressed to him on the 13th instant, calling his attention to the course which the Federal Government of the United States have adopted for closing the main channel of Charleston harbor by sinking there vessels laden with stone, and expressing the fear of the Associat
Further Foreign news. Mr. Mason's letter to Earl Russell--the reasons for his withdrawal--Mr. Slidell to remain in France. We have some further news by the Persia at New York. The withdrawal of Mr. Mason from England. The text of the letter in which Mr. Mason announces the termination of the Confederate mission to England is as follows: No. 24 Upper Seymour st.,Postman square, London, Sept. 21, 1863. The Right Hon. Earl Russell, Her Majesty's Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs: My Lord --In a dispatch from the Secretary of State of the Confederate States of America, dated 4th day of August last, and now just received, I am instructed to consider the mission which brought me to England as at an end, and I am directed to withdraw at once from the country. The reasons for terminating this mission are set forth in an extract from the dispatch which I have the honor to communicate herewith: "The President believes that the Government of
The Daily Dispatch: October 15, 1863., [Electronic resource], The dismissal of the British Consuls — official correspondence. (search)
angements could be made for correspondence between agents appointed by Her Majesty's Government, to reside in the Confederate States, and the authorities of such States. I have the honor to be, sir, your most obedient, humble servant, (Signed) Russell. Mr. Mason to Earl Russell.24 Upper Seymour street, Portman Square, September 4, 1863. The Rt. Hon. Earl Russell, Her Majesty's Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs: My Lord --I have had the honor to receive your Lordship's letteHon. Earl Russell, Her Majesty's Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs: My Lord --I have had the honor to receive your Lordship's letter of the 19th August, ultimo, in reply to mine of the 24th and 29th July, ultimo. I shall transmit a copy of your Lordship's letter to the Secretary of State at Richmond. These dispatches of Mr. Benjamin, full copies of which I have by his direction furnished to your Lordship, certainly evince no disinclination to permit any persons accredited by Her Majesty's Government as its Consular or other agents to reside within the Confederate States, and as such to be in communication with the Go
Russell's late speech. --We published yesterday a sketch of the speech of Lord Russell at Blair Gourie, in Scotland. Let us take "a woodpeckers tap at this hollow beech tree." "He replied," so the report says, "to the complaints of the South in regard to the recognition of the blockade, and asserted that although self-ild be infamous to break it." Now, by the treaty of Paris, a blockade, to be respected, must be effectual. That this blockade has not been effectual, according to Russell's own interpretation, is evident enough. If the treaty had been followed out, the blockade would have been broken long since. If there be any infamy in the mattspeak, and he is obeyed; but to hold up his finger, and remonstrance dies away upon the lips of any one bold enough to differ from him. Upon only one occasion has Russell dared to maintain the honor of his country, and then he found it impossible to resist the current of popular opinion. He is the firm and loyal ally of the Northe
The Daily Dispatch: February 01, 1864., [Electronic resource], Correspondence between England and America about British neutrality. (search)
Correspondence between England and America about British neutrality. The Northern papers publish the diplomatic correspondence between Seward and Russell upon the subject of the cotton loan, Confederate cruisers, steam rams, &c. To show how completely England has been bullied by the Yankees in this matter we print a portion of the letters. With such timidity as is shown by the British Government, we may well be satisfied that nothing has been further from its intentions during this war t United States by either of these formidable vessels. I pray your lordship to accept the assurances of the highest consideration with which I have the honor to be, my lord, your most obedient servant, Charles Frascis Adams. Right Honorable Earl Russell, &c., &c. Earl Russell to Mr. Adams. Foreign Office, Sept. 8, 1863. Lord Russell presents his compliments to Mr. Adams, and has the honor to inform him that instructions have been issued which will prevent the departure of th