HC Deb 30 May 1861 vol 163 c245

I was asked, Sir, the other evening by my hon. Friend (Mr. T. Duncombe) a question respecting the treatment which British subjects were alleged to have received in the Southern States by being forced to serve in the militia. I had no information at that time, but I have since received a communication from Mr. Mure, the Consul at New Orleans, who says that an Englishman, who is named, had been seized and taken away to serve in the militia. He immediately made a representation to the Governor, who said he would give redress, and the Englishman was immediately released. It appears, however, that several other British subjects were afterwards captured, but the Governor declared that it was entirely against his orders, and was quite illegal. All these persons were liberated, and the Consul hopes that no similar case will occur.