The news of the release of Slidell and Mason reaches the British Isles
The heightened tensions between the United States and Britain over the Trent Affair had been causing anxiety on both sides of the Atlantic. The news of the release of the two Confederate Commisioners on New Year's Day reached London via telegram from Cork where the transAtlantic steamer Europa had just docked with the latest information from the United States. The end of the crisis saw London money markets make significant gains the next day. (By John Osborne)
Chronicle, The Annual Register or a View of the History and Politics of the Year 1862 (London: F. & J. Rivington, 1863), 6.