The Alabama Arbitration

The Alabama Arbitration

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The Alabama Arbitration

The Alabama Arbitration

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On August 30th, 1865, Earl Russell in a long review of the acts and rights of the two Governments in the controversy between them, referred to Mr. Adams's remark upon arbitration in the latter's letter of October 23d, 1863, and said:--

"In your letter of October 23, 1863, you were pleased to say that the Government of the United States is ready to agree to any form of arbitration.

"Her Majesty's Government have thus been led to consider what question could be put to any Sovereign or State to whom this very great power should be assigned.

"It appears to Her Majesty's Government that there are but two questions by which the claim of compensation could be tested. The one is: Have the British Government acted with due diligence, or, in other words, with good faith and honesty, in the maintenance of the neutrality they proclaimed? The other is: Have the Law Officers of the Crown properly understood the Foreign Enlistment Act when they declined, in June 1862, to advise the detention and seizure of the 'Alabama,' and on other occasions . . .

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