Really, this Story of the war requires a vast deal of credulity and entire ignorance of the events of the war on the part of any one who accepts it as the truth.
The idea of introducing Mr. Jacob Thompson on board of a United States man-of-war as a country aunt is funny, to say the least of it. And the statement that the Confederacy (in 1864) had plenty of money in its secret service fund, and that there was something like $86,000,000 to the credit of the Confederate Comand fall of the Confederate Government, by President Davis, vol. 2, pp. 611-12:
The opening of the spring campaign of 1864 was a favorable conjuncture for the employment of the resources of diplomacy.
To approach the Government of the United States directly would have been in vain.
Repeated efforts had already demonstrated its inflexible purpose — not to negotiate with the Confederate authorities.
Political developments at the North, however, favored the adoption of some action that m