Extract from the Autobiography of Thomas Jefferson Coolidge

May 14. Mr. Appleton reached home, and left for Washington to take his seat in the extra session of Congress called for July fourth.

Lord John Russell and the English sympathize with the South and talk of treating their pirates as belligerents, etc. The English have always been guided by their own interest; they want cotton and they don’t like our high tariff. Their pretended horror for slavery vanishes as soon as money points the other way. They do not yet believe in the uprising of the North, the men and treasure that have been laid at Lincoln’s feet for the protection of the country. This will make them more cautious.

Published in The Autobiography of T. Jefferson Coolidge, 1831–1920 (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1923), 26.