HL Deb 01 July 1862 vol 167 cc1284-5

said, he was sorry to find that he had been somewhat misunderstood in what he had stated the previous evening with regard to the unhappy civil war that was raging in America—a civil war that had already lasted longer than any civil war that history had recorded. Some warm and ardent friends of the United States had charged him with generalizing too much in attributing to the people at large what was in truth only the behaviour of individuals. Certainly nothing could have been further from his intention than a desire to impute particular acts to general conduct. It had been represented to him that although things were very bad in America, they were not quite so bad as he had stated. Whatever might be the facts, there could be no doubt as to their frightful character, and he trusted that this bloody and fratricidal war would soon be brought to a termination.

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