CHAPTER XIV. ROEBUCK'S MOTION

     "I called yesterday on my friend at the Affaires Etrangeres 
     on the subject of your note of Saturday: he has just left me. 
     M.D. de Lh. will not give a copy of his instructions to Baron 
     Gros - but this is the substance of it. On the 19th he 
     directed Baron Gros to take occasion to say to leading 
     Members of Parliament that the Emperor's opinions on the 
     subject of American affairs were unchanged. That he was 
     disposed with the co-operation of England immediately to 
     recognize the Confederate States; this was in the form of a 
     draft letter, not a despatch. On the 22nd, he officially 
     instructed the Baron to sound Palmerston on the subject and 
     to inform him of the Emperor's views and wishes. This was 
     done in consequence of a note from the Emperor, to the 
     Minister, in which he said, 'Je me demande, s'il ne serait 
     bien d'avertir Lord Palmerston, que je suis decide a 
     reconnaitre le Sud.' This is by far the most significant 
     thing that the Emperor has said, either to me or to the 
     others. It renders me comparatively indifferent what England 
     may do or omit doing. At all events, let Mr. Roebuck press 
     his motion and make his statement of the Emperor's 
     declaration. Lord Palmerston will not dare to dispute it and 
     the responsibility of the continuance of the war will rest 
     entirely upon him. M. Drouyn de Lhuys has not heard from 
     Baron Gros the result of his interview with Palmerston. I 
     see that the latter has been unwell and it is probable that 
     the former had not been able to see him. There can be no 
     impropriety in Mr. Roebuck's seeing Baron Gros, who will 
     doubtless give him information which he will use to 
     advantage. I write in great haste; will you do me the favour 
     to let Lord Campbell know the substance of this note, 
     omitting that portion of it which relates to the Emperor's 
     inclination to act alone. Pray excuse me to Lord Campbell for 
     not writing to him, time not permitting me to do so[1085]."

This did not satisfy Mason; he telegraphed on the twenty-ninth, "Can I put in hands of Roebuck copy of Mocquard's note brought by Corcoran[1086]." To which Slidell replied by letter:

     "For fear the telegraph may commit some blunder I write to 
     say that M. Mocquard's note, being confidential, cannot be 
     used in any way. I showed it to Messrs. Roebuck and Lindsay 
     when they were here and have no objection that they should 
     again see it confidentially[1087]."