Following the American Civil War Sesquicentennial with day by day writings of the time, currently 1863.

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On the outfitting of war vessels for the rebels.

November 4, 2013

Adams Family Civil War letters; US Minister to the UK and his sons.

Charles Francis Adams to his son

St. Leonards, November 4, 1863

On this side we are now enjoying a period of repose. The only question of interest to us is that connected with the outfit of war vessels for the rebels. The appeal from the decision of Baron Pollock in the case of the Alexandra is just now coming on. Singularly enough the Baron shows symptoms of change of mind in regard to his own charge, the practical effect of which is to embarrass the proceeding, and perhaps to lead to the necessity of a new trial. I do not know whether this is to be regarded as a favorable result or otherwise. My theory heretofore has been that delay is a very good thing. But I am not sure that the Court of Exchequer is not now prepared to act upon the subject in a right spirit; which, if it were so, would put an end to farther question. Barring this, I know not that there is at present any cause of serious difficulty between the two countries. . . .

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