HC Deb 20 June 1862 vol 167 c810

said, that it had been his intention to have submitted to the House that evening a Resolution the object of which would have been the recognition of the Southern States of America; but many hon. Members whom he had consulted, and whose opinions he was bound to respect, had recommended that he should postpone the Motion. In deference to their opinions he proposed to postpone it until the 11th of July. Before that time he trusted that Her Majesty's Government would see the necessity of taking in hand a question so grave and important, and one which properly belonged to the Executive, and would thus render it unnecessary for any private Member to submit to the consideration of the House the desirability of recognising the Southern States, because it must be apparent to all men that before long those States must become an independent nation.