In Liverpool, the news of the interception and seizure of Mason and Slidell reaches England
At the English port of Liverpool, just after mid-day, a private telegram brought the first news to Britain that U.S. Navy units had intercepted and boarded the Royal Mail packet Trent in the Caribbean and seized the two Confederate commissioners bound for Europe on November 8, 1861. Outrage was immediate in the city and a large and heated meeting of cotton importers was held at the Liverpool Exchange in the afternoon. (By John Osborne)
Frank Moore, ed., The Rebellion Record: A Diary of American Events, with Documents, Narratives, Illustrative Incidents, Poetry, Etc. (New York: G.P.Putnam, 1861), III: 92-93.