A Conversation for The British Involvement in the American Civil War
British Workers supported the Union
tucuxii Started conversation Nov 20, 2012
The American Civil War caused immense suffering to cotton mill workers in England - in spite of this they supported the abolionists cause (after all Britain had abolished it's slave trade in 1802 and all slavery in the Empire in the 1830's, and together with France was engaged in the longest miltary campaign in modern history - the war against the slave trade)
Letter "in the name of the Working People of Manchester to His Excellency Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States of America", 31st December 1862....
... the vast progress which you have made in the short space of twenty months fills us with hope that every stain on your freedom will shortly be removed, and that the erasure of that foul blot on civilisation and Christianity – chattel slavery – during your presidency, will cause the name of Abraham Lincoln to be honoured and revered by posterity. We are certain that such a glorious consummation will cement Great Britain and the United States in close and enduring regards.
Abraham Lincoln's reply...
"... I know and deeply deplore the sufferings which the working people of Manchester and in all Europe are called to endure in this crisis. It has been often and studiously represented that the attempt to overthrow this Government which was built on the foundation of human rights, and to substitute for it one which should rest exclusively on the basis of slavery, was unlikely to obtain the favour of Europe.
Through the action of disloyal citizens, the working people of Europe have been subjected to a severe trial for the purpose of forcing their sanction to that attempt. Under the circumstances I cannot but regard your decisive utterances on the question as an instance of sublime Christian heroism which has not been surpassed in any age or in any country. It is indeed an energetic and re-inspiring assurance of the inherent truth and of the ultimate and universal triumph of justice, humanity and freedom.
I hail this interchange of sentiments, therefore, as an augury that, whatever else may happen, whatever misfortune may befall your country or my own, the peace and friendship which now exists between the two nations will be, as it shall be my desire to make them, perpetual."
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