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Mr. Dudley to Oct. 7 The steamer Laurel, recently purchased for
Mr. Adams.

the confederates, is now at Liverpool, en-
tered to load for Matamoras. She has taken
on board a number of cases containing
guns and gun carriages. She has twenty-
one seamen, more than is required for a
passenger boat. Her movements are sus-

picious. She will sail to-morrow. 362 | Mr. Dudley to Oct. 8 Giving a description of the Laurel.

Mr. Seward.
Mr. Wilding to Oct. 12 Sailing of the Laurel from Liverpool........

Mr. Seward.
363 | Mr. Dudley to Oct. 12 Departure of the Laurel with Captain
Mr. Seward.

Semmes, eight other confederate officers,
and about one hundred men on board. She
had six guns in her hold. It is reported
that the men and guns are to be transferred

to another vessel. .
Mr. Moran to Mr. Oct. 14 Refers to departure of Captain Semmes in
F. W. Seward.

the Laurel on another piratical expedition.
Activity among rebel shipping agents con-

369 Mr. Dudley to Oct. 18 | The steamer Sea King, which sailed from
Mr. Seward.

London for Bombay on the 8th instant, is
probably the vessel intended to meet the
Laurel and receive her men and armament.

As a privateer she will be most dangerous. 377 ....... do........ Nov. 4 Showing the altogether English character of

the Sea King and Laurel
385 ....... do ....... Nov. 12 The steamer Colibar, from Teneriffe, brings

back part of the crew of the Sea King,
who report that that vessel, now called
the Shenandoah, received her armament
and crew from the Laurel, at Madeira, and
started on a piratical cruise under the
confederate flag, Captain Semmes in com-

Mr. Moran to Nov. 12 | Has received a letter from Consul Dabney,
Mr. Seward.

at Teneriffe, in reference to the proceed-
ings of Captain Corbett and crew after

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815 Mr. Adams to Nov. 18 Incloses copy of his note to Lord Russell,
Mr. Seward.

covering a letter from Mr. Dudley, and
depositions of two of the Shenandoah's
crew in reference to the proceedings of

that vessel.
1171 Mr. Seward to Dec. 3 Has received information from Mr. Dabney
Mr. Adams.

as to the meeting of the Laurel and She-
nandoah at Madeira. Calls Mr. Adams's
attention to the exclusively English char-
acter of both vessels and their crews and
armament, and directs him to protest
against such proceedings, and to inform
the British government that the United
States hold them responsible for damages
to American commerce committed by the

1178 ....... do ........ Dec. 5 Has received No. 815. Mr. Adams's repre-

resentation of the case of the Shenandoah

is approved.
Earl Russell to Dec. 8 Incloses letter from Mr. Gratton, English
| Lord Lyons. I

consul at Teneriffe, detailing circum

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stances of the transfer of the Shenandoah
to the confederates. Her Majesty's gov-
ernment have ordered an investigation,
and will prosecute Captain Corbett, of the
Sea King, for violation of the foreign en-

listment act. 841 Mr. Adams to | Dec. 22 Incloses letter from Consul Adamson, at Per- 332 Mr. Seward.

nambuco, transmitting a published ac-
count of the capture and bonding of the
American brig Kate Prince by the pirate
Shenandoah, which had previously de-
stroyed the Charter Oak and the Susan,
and captured the barks Helena and God-

frey. 409 Mr. Wilding to Dec. 30 Has reliable information that the men from 334 Mr. Seward.

the Florida have been ordered to join a

privateer, probably the Shenandoah. 411 Dec. 31 | Captain Corbett, of the Sea King, has not 334

yet been arrested.

Mr. Adams to | Jan. 5 Captain Corbett has been arrested and held 334
Mr. Seward.

for trial for violation of the foreign enlist-
ment act. Incloses Lord Russell's acknowl-

edgment of his note of November 18th. 1250 Mr. Seward to Jan, 27 | Incloses letter from Consul Monroe, at Rio 335 Mr. Adams.

de Janeiro, containing statement relative
to depredations by the Shenandoah. The
United States will claim redress from the

British government. 1271 ....... do ........ Feb. 16 Giving account of the sailing from Nassau 336

of the Laurel, now called Confederate
States, with confederate mails, &c., and
directing Mr. Adams to protest against
their receipt and clearance at Liverpool,

and to demand the detention of the vessel. 879 | Mr. Adams to Feb. 16 Incloses Lord Russell's note of the 1st instant, 336 | Mr. Seward.

showing that the sale of the Sea King, in

England, was made to a British subject. 880 ....... do ........ Feb. 17 | Desires, in view of all circumstances, to post


pone presenting claims for damages done
by the Shenandoah until further instruc-

tions. 1280 | Mr. Seward to | Feb. 28 | Incloses extract from Mr. Dudley's dispatch, 337 Mr. Adams.

announcing the arrival of the Laurel (now
the Confederate States) at Liverpool, and
giving information concerning the English

steamer City of Richmond. 1297 ........ Mar. 13 In view of activity of rebel agents in Europe, | 339

thinks that representation in the case of
the Shenandoah ought to be no longer

postponed. 896 Mr. Adams to Mar. 16 Incloses his note to Lord Russell, protesting 339 Mr. Seward.

against the receipt and clearance of mails
by the Confederate States at Nassau, and
Lord Russell's reply, stating that the colo-
nial authorities at Nassau had intended to
detain the steamer, but had unavoidably
failed, and that her case should be inquired



From whom and

to whom.




Mr. Adams to



Incloses letter from United States consul at 341 | Mr. Seward.

Melbourne, reporting arrival of the She-
nandoah at that port. She is expected to

turn up in the Pacific. 1322 | Mr. Seward to | Mar. 25 | Has been informed by Mr. Dudley that the | 342 Mr. Adams.

Shenandoah, having departed from Cape
Town, destroyed eleven merchant vessels
of the United States, and was then received
at Melbourne. Desires that the attention
of Earl Russell be called to this new ag-
gression, which involves nothing less than
the issuing of the pirate from one port of
the British realm and her reception in
another. Recent communications between
this government and that of Great Britain
have exhausted the argument of the Uni-
ted States upon the general subject of
piratical enterprises carried on from Brit-

ish ports. 1338 April 5 Transmitting correspondence with the Brit- 342

ish legation in reference to the expected
re-enforcement of the Shenandoah at Ber-

muda. 924 Mr. Adams to April 12 Incloses Lord Russell's note of the 7th, stat- 344 Mr. Seward.

ing that the steamer Confederate States · had committed no offense against British

law, 927 ...... .do ........ April 13 Transmits his note to Lord Russell inclosing

letter from United States consul at Rio
Janeiro in reference to depredations of the
Shenandoah. Mr. Adams repeats the claim
of British responsibility for such proceed-
ings; shows the effect of the hostile policy
of English rebel sympathisers in transfer-
ring the United States mercantile marine
to British owners; acquits the government
of any design in furthering this policy, but
considers the evils flowing from it as due
to the precipitate recognition of rebel bel-
ligerency; expresses the hope of the Presi-
dent that that recognition will now be
revoked, in view of the capture of all rebel
ports, and asks for the removal of all re-
strictions upon United States war vessels

in British ports. 952 Mr. Adams to May 11 Incloses Lord Russell's note of the 4th, to 350 Mr. Hunter.

which he is drawing up a reply. Lord Russell defends the recognition of rebel belligerency on the ground of the President's proclamation of blockade; claims that in the case of the Alabama, as in all others, her Majesty's government faithfully performed their obligations as neutrals in carrying out municipal laws, and are not, therefore responsible for the depredations of such vessels, and quotes American authority in support of this position. Her Majesty's government agree that United States war vessels in British ports shall be treated as British war vessels in United States ports, excepting that they must not



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thorities at Melbourne after her illegal
character had been established; recalling
the total neglect of his former representa-
tions in regard to the operations of the
rebel naval bureau at Liverpool; alluding
to the reported recognition of Captain
Bullock as the chief officer of that bureau
by the government's becoming the medi-
um for the transmission of his orders to
the Shenandoah; expressing gratification
at the tardy measures adopted by the gov-
ernment for her detention and capture,
and inclosing papers received, with in-
structions 1539, 1541, and 1551, in reference
to her depredations and reception at Brit-
ish colonial ports. Also transmits Lord

Russell's acknowledgment. 554 | Mr. Wilding to Nov. 7 Announcing the arrival of the Shenandoah | 444 Mr. Seward.

at Liverpool. The collector has asked for
instructions concerning her. Customs offi-
cers and men from her Majesty's ship Done-
gal have been sent on board, and no com-
munication is had with the shore except

by customs boats. 1082 Mr. Adams to Nov. 9 Incloses his note to the Earl of Clarendon, 445 Mr. Seward.

covering announcement of Shenandoah's
arrival, asking her seizure and delivery to
the United States authorities, and leaving
the course to be adopted in reference to
her crew to the discretion of her Majesty's
government. Also incloses Lord Claren-
don's reply, stating that the vessel had
been seized ; and extracts from London
Times denouncing her recent outrages and
calling for the apprehension and trial of
her crew upon a charge of piracy; and
from London News setting forth the per-
nicious consequences of allowing vessels
to be equipped as were the Alabama and
Shenandoah, and asking the government
to avert these consequences by vindica-
ting the foreign enlistment act in the trial
and punishment of the crew of the latter.
Since Lord Clarendon's note Mr. Wilding
has received from captain of the Donegal,
and been instructed to accept, the offer of

a surrender of the Shenandoah. 558 | Mr. Dudley to Nov. 11 Has accepted Capt. Paynter's inclosed offer | 454 Mr. Seward. I

to surrender the Shenandoah. Has taken
possession, and advises that she be sent to
New York. Capt. Waddell and crew are

still in Liverpool.
1583 Mr. Seward to Nov. 13 Has received No. 1074 with inclosures, and
: Mr. Adams.

approves Mr. Adams's representations to
British government in regard to the Shen-

andoah. 1585

Nov. 14 Transmits dispatch from the United States 456

commercial agent at Antigua, with inclos-
ures, showing the measures taken by the
rebel agents in England and the British

government to arrest the Shenandoah. 1091 Mr. Adams to Nov. 15 Transmits Lord Clarendon's note of the 11th 460 Mr. Seward. I

stating that the Shenandoah had been

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