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The Illustrated London News, vol. 39, no. 1102, p. 128.

August 10, 1861

...The debates on foreign affairs have been neither numerous nor remarkable. There has been an unhappy sameness in them, both as regards subject and treatment, which has tended to their abbreviation, and there was, as far as we recollect, not a single instance of a foregn debate occupying a whole evening. . . . Whenever the state of things in the United Staes of America has been touched on, it has been with a praiseworthy reticence; and in this, as in all the rest of our foreign policy, the great principle of a powerful and watchful neutrality has been maintained....

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