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The capture of Mason and Slidell. R. M. Hunter. On the 8th of November, 1861, the capture of John Slidell and J. M. Mason, the commissioners of the Southern Confederacy to England and France, was effected. It was the first considerable feat of the Federal navy, and, two weeks afterward, when the United States steamer San Jacinto landed her prisoners in Boston, the daring action of Captain Wilkes became the prevailing topic of the day, and superseded in interest the questions that grew ou
essman Odell, Slidell and Mason were ordered into close confinement, in return for the treatment that Colonels Wood and Corcoran had received in Southern prisons.
It was some time before the diplomatic correspondence that ensued between England, France, and the Unitel States was made public.
The United States agreed to release the prisoners, but declined to apologize to the English flag for an alleged offense where none was intended.
Mason and Slidell joined their families in London in Januar