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Greeley's Narrow Escape In 1863

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Parent Issue
Day
2
Month
April
Year
1880
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Public Domain
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The following, from the "Journal of Heury J. Rayinond," ia the March Soribner, will be news to some of our readers : Mr. Seward talked very freely of our foreign relations". At the outset of the war, he said, every foreign minister in Washington, exccpt Baron Geralt the Prussian Minister, sympatbiied with seoession in one way and another. Their views had been changed, uutil now they were all solicitous to avoid giyine U9 any offense, and anxious to maintain the most friendly relations. France had withdrawo her fleet from the mouth of the Mississippi, and had dismissed heroonsul at New Orleans who had made himself offensive to us by aiding the rebels. Knglaud eviured in various ways her kindly feelings, and now asked as favors ooneeasions she had hitherto demanded as rigbts. As an instance ot' this he mentioned that an offioer of tlio BritMl anny, Major Winnie, had been taken at Point of Rock 8 coming into our lines without authority. He was itnprisoned, and was to bot ried by court martialasat-py. Lord Lyons had urged his release several times, but tliis had been refused. Me bad tinally proniised to put a stop to tho frequent yitiits of Eoglisb. offioers to the rebel armies, and in consideration of this Mr. Seward had agreed that the officer shnuld be tried, but imiuediately pardoned. He recited wveral other instances illustrating the ct'anged disposition of the Knitlish governttient. And now (said Mr. 8eward), justwhen wu have with great difficulty e-tablislied these relations with foreign powers and iven them most distinctïy to nndeistiind tbat intervention in any forra will not be tolerated, Mr. Greeley comes lorward, holds private interviews, and opens a correspondenoe with the French minister to persuade hirn tbat the people would welcome the iijeHiation which should termínate the war ! Mr. Seward showed a great deal of indignatian at this mifchievous ÍDterfcrence with our tóreign relations, and exprensod ( ars tbat it niigbtproduce very serious injurious results. Mr. Greeley, he said, had rendered himself olearly and unuiislakably liable to the penalties of the law lurbiiliiirn; all suoh nteroouree with foreign ministers ; but bis own personal relations with hini would render it imponible Cor him to tske any steps in the matter, as it would be cuarged to personal hostility on his part, Seeretary Usher (of the Interior Department) thought this oonsideraüou ounht not to interfere with his discharge ol_ a public duty. He said that the arrent of Mr. Ureeley would do great good by satisfyiug the people that thcGovurnmentmeant to punish all violations of law and all departan frora loyalty with impartial vigor. Mr. Soward indulged in a great deal of ridicule of Mr. Greeley's propositioti to make Switzerland the arbiter of our destiny- a republio half Prussian aud half Protestant, held together only by outward pressure, and represonted at Washington by u ConsulGeneral who kept n "flourand feed store" near the Capítol, and who knew no more of the nocessities and conditions of our national xisteooe tban he did of the politics of the niuoii. Mr. Hancroft, who had tallen asleeji durinp the more seriou.s part of the Sei-rtitary 's exposiliou, awoko at thia gally, and eipröased the opinión that it would be_ much botter to ridicule Mr. Greeley out of crotch!ts tlian to send him to Fort Ltfayette. 'l'lif n t of tlio company, however, ihought the matter onoof toomueh ravity Fot snel) tro.itti.i'iit. Mr. Seward Haid that Mr Moroier, the French Minister, knew Mr. Uroeley as a very prominent and infiuential supporter of tlio administration, as having, in fact, almost dictatcd its policy upon neveral iinportant. subjocts ; nd it would bc very natural tor hiui to receive Mr. (Ireiilcy'sn'inc-i.utationsasproofgthat u spite pi' assoranoe of the Seeretary oftne St ui', tbe pe tptewroM Döt be wholly ailvcisr t.' f.irciiin intervention. An ekehaiuf la ao artiolc 'u the " fuel oi'tbu future, ' an l believos there indanger of a short upp'y. S me peopl think the whole irorld ia wirknl. Lo luiu-hs :it IdcksiuiilH. MiHress- "C.ok.it'v.-ry tferang, lint I alwaysfancy 1 i;in In-ar subdued ooTltign in the kitclu-n on Sunday ni.ubts." Cook- " O doar me, mem. beggin' your pardine, mam ; which it ii mea readiiic Pilgrim's Progresa to mysplf alou 1 niuin "