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Benjamnin F. Butler, Butler's Book: Autobiography and Personal Reminiscences of Major-General Benjamin Butler, Chapter 7: recruiting in New England. (search)
f she would take her own interpretation. I need not pause to give more than a single English precedent:-- Henry Laurens, of South Carolina, a delegate to the first Congress and a prominent patriot, accepted the mission from our Revolutionary Government in 1778, of minister to the Hague, got on board a [French neutral vessel, and proceeded on his mission. He was captured by an English frigate and carried to England. His papers were taken from him, and he was imprisoned in the Tower of London for three years, not being allowed to communicate with his family or his country. He was exposed to every indignity, and regained his liberty only when the War of the Revolution ceased after the signing of the treaty of peace between England and her former rebels. More than that, England declared war on Holland on the ground of the papers her officers took from Laurens. From the first England would look at the Trent affair only as a cause of war. The whole country desired that our gover
as this:-- The son of a very warm friend had been on board the ship Storm King at Hong Kong in China. The Storm King had prepared for a race from Hong Kong to London with another clipper ship, so she was obliged to start as nearly as might be when her rival did. My client was third mate, but owing to some claimed misunderstandt it was not done. Indeed, all the fresh meat on board consisted of a small pig, and that was disposed of on the cabin table. The vessel made a direct course to London, beating her competitor, I believe. A part of the crew were Chinamen, and by the time they got past the Cape of Good Hope the whole crew were affected with the scurvy. To such an extent did this prevail that when the vessel anchored in London, out of her crew of twenty-six men, as I remember the numbers, all but seven had to be hoisted over the side because it was impossible for them to help themselves. Among them was my client. After examining the question I brought suit against the