From The Past
This is how the Washington Star reported the "Trent Affair" in November-December 1861
THE SEIZURE OF MESSRS. MASON AND
United States steamer San Jacinto, cruising
in the Babama channel on the 8th November, in the
forenoon, overhauled the English mail steamer Trent, and
placed her under her (the San
WHAT WILL ENGLAND DO?
the capture of Messrs. Mason and Slidell, many persons
have been anxiously enquiring what will England do? What
she will do is uncertain, but what she ought
to to is very sure. The British
Government should direct Lord Lyons to return the thanks
of her Majesty to the United States Government for its
forbearance in not having seized the Steamer Trent,
brought her into port and confiscated ship and cargo for
an open flagrant breach of international law in suffering
the agents of enemies at war with the United States to
come on board, and for carrying official papers and
despatches of the enemies of the United States. By all
writers and jurists the conveyance of hostile despatches
is regarded as an illegal assistance afforded to a
belligerent of the most injurious, hostile and noxious
Latest News from the South.
NEW YORK, Nov. 20-A special dispatch to the Tribune, dated Fortress Monroe, yesterday, says that Lieut. Warden states that the intelligence of the arrest of Mason and Slidell had caused great excitement among the rebels at Norfolk, with some rejoicing at the prospect of retaliation by England.
Highly Important from England.
HALIFAX, Dec. 15.-The Europa arrived here to-day from Liverpool, on the 30th ult., and Queenstown on the 2d inst., where she was detained until Monday, by order of the British government. She has the Queen's messenger on board, with dispatches for Lord Lyons.
LONDON, Dec. 1.-The Observer states that the
government will demand from President Lincoln and his
Cabinet the restoration of the persons of the Southern
envoys to the British government.
the steamship Jura, at Portland from Liverpool and
Londonderry on the 6st inst. (whose arrival we announced
yesterday), the following has been received:
The Settlement of the Mason and Slidell Affair
will be found an abstract of the correspondence between
the Governments of Great Britain and of the United States
in relation to the question of international law raised
by the proceeding of Capt. Wilkes; and of the
representations made on the same subject by the
Government of France, and the reply of Mr. Seward in
answer to these representations.
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