hat blood sprinkles even the hem of my garments.
Early in the administration of President Johnson, under Mr. Seward, Secretary of State, attempts were made to negotiate with England for reparation for the acts — injurious to us — committed by her during the war. These subsequently became known as the Alabama claims, after the captures by the rebel cruiser Alabama and her consorts of our vessels during the war, which drove our commerce substantially from the seas.
When the war broke out, America's commerce was the second largest in the world, and not far behind that of Great Britain.
When the war closed, our flag had been substantially driven from the ocean.
The ports of Great Britain and its colonies had been made depots from which arms, ammunition, and every manner of supplies were shipped to the Confederates.
Not to any considerable extent was this the case with the ports of other nations, save, perhaps, of Cuba.
It compelled us to establish,
Wendell Phillips. at an eno