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English Enlistment Question,
WITH AN ABSTRACT OF THE CORRESPONDENCE
BY R. W. RUSSELL,
ENGLISH ENLISTMENT QUESTION.
The following remarks are made without the authority or cognizance of any English official, and in some respects may be opposed to the English view of the subject in controversy.
The writer has had no means of information other than those afforded by the public press. He has not been professionally engaged or consulted by any or either of the parties alleged to be implicated in the violation of the Act of Congress respecting foreign enlistments; and his reflections may be regarded as those of a perfectly disinterested observer. On the 23d January last he published in the N. Y. Herald a letter upon the question as to what is the true spirit and meaning of the Act of Congress prohibiting foreign enlistments in the United States, and the hiring or retaining of persons to go abroad, with intent to be enlisted in foreign service. Having thus embarked in the discussion, he feels constrained to support his position by a review of the correspondence between the English and American Governments, which was published in the newspapers in the latter part of February last.
In addition to the letter before referred to, the reader will find the substance of that correspondence, and a copious extract from the opinion of Mr. Attorney General Cushing, (as published in the N. Y. Herald,) with various remarks on the questions of law and fact involved in the discussion between the two Governments.
New York, April, 1856.