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Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events, Diary from December 17, 1860 - April 30, 1864 (ed. Frank Moore) 1 1 Browse Search
The Daily Dispatch: May 12, 1862., [Electronic resource] 1 1 Browse Search
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August 7. At Blackburn, England, a large public meeting was held to consider the advantages of recognizing the Southern States of America, with a view to bring about an early termination of hostilities. Mr. R. R. Jackson, after declaring that it was impossible for the North to vanquish the South, submitted the following resolution: That a petition to the Queen be adopted by this meeting, and signed by the Mayor, praying her Most Gracious Majesty to take immediate measures in coalescing with France and such other Powers as may be willing to give their cooperation to recognize the independence of the confederate States of America. The resolution was not received with unqualified approval, there being a strong expression of opinion against it; and an amendment was moved by Mr. J. C. Fielden, disapproving the policy of intervention. This amendment was supported by Mr. W. Crossley, but finally withdrawn, and the following amendment, moved by Mr. F. Johnston, was agreed to:
Distress and Destitution in Europe --The want of employments cresting serious distress in Europe. It is stated that in the manufacturing towns of Belgium, and principally at Ghent, over 5,000 workmen are out of employment, and much suffering for want of food prevails. The town of Blackburn, England, contains 68,000 people, nearly one-fourth of whom are now suffering privation from the scarcity of food, clothing, bedding and fuel. When the mills are in full operation 20, persons are employed, but at the present time upwards of one-third, or nearly 7,000, are wholly unemployed, at a loss to the workers of about £6.000 a week in wages. In Manchester, England during the last week in March, no less than 359 persons, dependent upon the labor of her hands for their daily bread, were idle and unable to obtain employment. In many places in France, also, there is similar distress.