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Special Message

December 30, 1861

To the Senate and House of Representatives:

I transmit to Congress a correspondence which has taken place between the Secretary of State and authorities of Great Britain and France on the subject of the recent removal of certain citizens* of the United States from the British mail steamer Trent by order of Captain Wilkes, in command of the United States war steamer San Jacinto .


*James M. Mason and John Slidell, Confederate envoys to England and France, respectively, and two others.

Abraham Lincoln, Special Message Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/203040

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