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Thread #122144 Message #2683610
Posted By: Ron Davies
19-Jul-09 - 08:54 PM
Thread Name: BS: British support for the confederacy?
Subject: RE: BS: British support for the confederacy?
Yes, there obviously was a smokescreen put up by Bulloch et al. But the North also had spies who were funneling information to Adams, who immediately passed it on to the British government, which did nothing....for a long time.
Crux of the problem was the interpretation of the 1819 law, as I noted earlier. That law was interpreted in such a way as to strip it of meaning: interpreted by Bulloch's clever attorney---and accepted by the British government.
The "rams"---"when the true destination became known..."--sorry, that's a simplistic explanation--so much so as to be misleading. I will give you more details--there are plenty to be had.
Added to which, the pattern by the Palmerston government of looking the other way when given information was established with the ships called the "Oreto" and the "290". The lawyerly interpretation of the 1819 law was a fig leaf for the government's desire to support the South without doing so obviously---until the expected victory by the South --or stalemate, with opportunity for European powers to mediate--would allow Southern cotton to flow to Europe again.