Raynors HCA 2020-02
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War-date Autograph Letter Signed John L. Gardiner for George Gardiner, 1pp. quarto, Boston, Massachusetts, December 27, 1861, with integral leaf addressed to J. Howard Nichols in Hong Kong, China, with rare Hong Kong circular datestamp, it reads in small part: "...I think the Atlantic States are alive to our danger & acknowledge the extreme imprudence of the capture of Slidell & Mason. In those feelings it is probable that the interior states may not concur. At all events , the act if not justifiable is not a sufficient cause of war & if made the occasions of one, it will show a disposition on the part of England, which wd. have made her seek some other pretext to supply herself with cotton..." Very good condition. The Trent Affair was a diplomatic incident in 1861 during the American Civil War that threatened a war between the United States and the United Kingdom. The U.S. Navy illegally captured two Confederate diplomats from a British ship; the UK protested vigorously. The United States ended the incident by releasing the diplomats.
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The Trent Affair is Reported to a Merchant in Hong Kong

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