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In London, British labor leaders call on U.S. Ambassador Adams to relay their support to President Lincoln

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In London, a large delegation representing several Trades Unions called on the U.S. Ambassador, Charles Francis Adams, to express their support for the Union cause and President Lincoln. This they did despite the unemployment in the English cotton manufacturing districts that had resulted from the U.S. Navy's blockade of the South.  Ambassador Adams gave a widely reported, and well received, speech in response that stressed friendship and patience between the two countries.  (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
"American Affairs in England, Speech by Mr. Adams," New York Times, May 18, 1863, p. 8.