17 December 1861: “Some say England will submit to the insult offered to her flag…”

Item Description: In this diary entry, Rev. Overton Bernard anticipates Britain’s support for the Confederacy as a result of the Trent Affair.


Item Citation: From folder 2 of the Overton and Jesse Bernard Diaries #62-z,  Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Item transcription:

Thursday 17th December. Some say England will submit to the insult offered to her flag in taking Messrs. Mason & Seydell from on board the Trent. I am of the opinion that she will resent the insult promptly and effectually and remove the Lincolnites blockade and will have the …(?) if not the assurance of France in the good work.

About Overton Bernard: Overton Bernard kept his diary while serving as a Methodist minister in Edenton, N.C., 1824, and as a bank employee in Portsmouth, Va., 1858-1863.

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