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following the abuse of the right of search.
issue a proclamation after the war shall
have commenced, exhorting the proper
authorities to be vigilant in executing 25 Mr. Buchanan to Mar. 17 Giving account of interview with Lord Mr. Marcy.
Clarendon, in which the latter read her Majesty's forthcoming declaration in regard to neutrals, conforming to American doctrine in regard to blockade, and waiving right to issue letters of marque. Mr. Buchanan stated strongly his approbation of the course therein indicated. Lord Clarendon spoke of the difficulty in changing the former practice. He had repeated. to the cabinet his conversation with Mr. Buchanan, which had been influertial in inducing them to adopt this liberal policy toward neutrals. Although the declaration had not been finally revised by the cabinet, its principles would be
Mar. 24 Referring to conversation with Lord Claren
don about privateering. Lord Clarendon
supported by the United States. 27 ......do
Mar. 31 Her Majesty's declaration, referred to in
dispatch of the 17th, has given great sat-
1854. 35 Mr. Marcy to Mr. April 13 Expressing satisfaction of United States Buchanan.
government with the two main points of course indicated by Lord Clarendon to be pursued by British government in the event of a European war. France is expected to follow the same course. Both Great Britain and France would like to enter into treaty with United States, stipulating that the subjects of either, being a neutral, who should accept privateering commissions from an opposing belligerent to cruise against the other party, should be treated as pirates. The United States government would not con sent to a convention totally suppressing privateering, which would preclude it 'from resorting to its merchant marine in case of war. The government trusts Great Britain will not adhere to her doctrines in regard to blockade and neutral trade with belligerents asserted during wars after the French Revolution. The “right of search,” if exercised against us harshly in the approaching war, will excite deep
and wide-spread indignation.
between France and England in regard to
cherished doctrines on this subject. 14 ......do
Mar. 30 Inclosing slips from Moniteur, containing
report of minister of foreign affairs and
ity resolved upon by the King of Denmark
ity resolved upon by the King of Sweden
ting nentral policy determinerl upon by
the King of Denmark. The views of the to Mr. De Sib
Danish government have been submitted
to the President. The government and
ested in course of events in Europe.
ing rights and obligations of Swedish
Swedish ships are
consul. 6 Mr. Marcy to Mr. May 9 Referring to declarations of England and Seymour.
France, and stating that this government
trality involved in them; and also pre-
ty's license, June 6, 1823.
ship Kearsarge and the Alabama.