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Petition from the Shipowners of Liverpool, England to Earl Russell, Foreign Secretary

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Dismayed at the performance of the British-built C.S.S. Alabama, with its largely British crew, as a commerce raider over the past few months, Britain's leading shipowners headquartered in the cross-Atlantic port of Liverpool, wrote to the Foreign Secretary, Earl Russell, to protest against what they saw as breaches to the Foreign Enlistment Act and the nation's neutrality in general. Outlining the possible consequences for civilian shipping of the precedent being set for future conflicts, the impressive list of signers urged Russell to prevent any further violations in neutrality. (By John Osborne)

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