“Help From England,” Chicago (IL) Tribune, May 16, 1861, p. 2: 1.
Help From England
Don Sailer, Dickinson College
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HELP FROM ENGLAND
The news from abroad by the steamers Europa and Panama, is ominous to the Montgomery traitors. Lord John Russell, has announced the firm resolve of the Government not to interfere in any manner in the contest now progressing in the United States, except to protect British interests, if actually assailed. The only crumb of comfort for Jeff. Davis, in the Hon. Secretary’s speech, is the announcement that the Southern Confederacy will be recognized, not as a power, not as a Government, but simply as a “belligerent.” The affect of such recognition is merely negative. It promises only that Jeff Davis’s privateers will not be seized and dealt with as pirates, by British cruisers, unless they are found meddling with British property. The wild idea that England will send out a naval force to break through the blockade established by the United States Government, is not mentioned as a thing which has ever been dreamed of in Downing street. Non-interference, thorough and absolute, is the position of England. Lord John Russell carries this wise and just policy so far as to reprobate even giving of advice to either party.
We commend the remarks of the Foreign Secretary to the New Orleans DeltaCrescent and Picayune, the Savannah News, and the two spiteful organs of treason at Charleston. They have done little else, since the President’s proclamation was issued, than prophesy the speedy appearance of British war-steamers off their ports, whose business it should be to sink the blockading fleet. Some of the more sanguine of those journals have predicted that English squadrons would be sent to blockade New York, Boston and Philadelphia. Lord John Russell does not so understand it.